The Monitors have been playing jazz for more than 50 years. They have been the back-up band for Otis Redding, Millie Jackson, Major Lance, Faye Adams, Joyce Thorne, Connie Harvey, Maceo Parker and Milton Bulluck. They provided the opening concert for international stars Ray Charles and Roberta Flack; Flack used to be the lead singer with the group. They have also toured with the North Carolina Symphony. The leader of the group is Bill Myers, a multi-instrumentalist and founding member of the group. Myers received a North Carolina Heritage Award in 2014. The band also features Sam Latham on drums, Gerald Hunter on guitar, Jerome Morgan on bass, Clark Mills Jr. on piano, Robert (Dick) Knight on trumpet, Fred Moye on tenor saxophone, Donald Tuckson on alto saxophone, Willie Dupree on baritone, and Mollie Hunter on vocals. And Knight will receive a North Carolina Heritage Award on Wednesday, May 23 at the North Carolina Heritage Award Ceremony & Performance in Raleigh just a couple weeks after this performance.