Native Philadelphian jazz guitarist Monnette Sudler is also a composer, bandleader, performer, poet, singer and recording artist. She has traveled and performed in Europe, Japan, South Africa, Jamaica and the United States, performing with many jazz greats such as Hugh Masakela, the late Grover Washington Jr., Odean Pope, and poet Sonia Sanchez. In addition to her awards from the Leeway Foundation, Monnette has received grants from the American Composers Forum and the Kimmel Center. Monnette has produced several CDs, with her most recent CD being “Born Again” Ladies Night Out, released in 2012 on MSM Records, features her all-female quartet. As an educator, Monnette gives positive reinforcement and encouragement to her students, and believes that social change in our communities can be implemented through music and the arts. Monnette Sudler is the founder and artistic director of the Philadelphia Guitar Summit, which includes an annual concert and workshops for inter-generational audiences. Monnette has also been included in publications The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide by Scott Yanow and Growing up with Jazz by Royal Stokes.