NEWS: Herbie Hancock, L.A. Phil extend relationship

By Robert D. Thomas
Music Critic
Southern California News Group

Jazz great Herbie Hancock and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have extended Hancock’s role as Creative Chair for Jazz through the 2018 Hollywood Bowl season and the 2018/2019 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

L.A. Phil Artistic and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel announced the one-year extension onstage at the Bowl last night during a Bowl kick-off party held for sponsors, LAPO board members, media and other guests.

Hancock, now age 77, first signed on with the Phil in 2010. He helps to curate the Phil’s jazz programming and related educational activities primarily at its two principal venues. He is the third person to hold the position. Dianne Reeves began in 2002 and Christian McBride took over in 2006. The chair is now endowed by William Powers and Carolyn Powers.

Click HERE for Hancock’s bio.

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