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Herbie Hancock’s back as creative chair for jazz at the Hollywood Bowl
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published May 10, 2012

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced today a one-year extension to Herbie Hancock’s contract as the Carolyn and Bill Powers Creative Chair for Jazz through the Hollywood Bowl 2013 and 2013/14 winter season.

Hancock’s tenure began in the summer of 2010 and, under his guidance, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has offered jazz programming from around the world with artists such as Wayne Shorter, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Quincy Jones and Hugh Masekela headlining.

The upcoming seasons present a diverse blend of newer jazz stars such as Esperanza Spalding and Trombone Shorty with veterans of the genre like Bobby McFerrin, the Count Basie Orchestra and Hancock himself.

“Working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been filled with wonderful experiences, from great performances at the Hollywood Bowl to playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Gustavo and this phenomenal orchestra,” says Hancock. “The organization’s approach to live music encompasses the best the industry has to offer, and I look forward to spending more time sharing in their jazz programming.”

The Creative Chair for Jazz works directly with the programming department of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, crafting the jazz series and related education initiatives presented annually by the LA Phil. The position was first held by Dianne Reeves in 2002 until she was succeeded by Christian McBride in 2006. Herbie Hancock is the third incumbent.  He was originally announced in the position in March 2009 and began his tenure with the Hollywood Bowl 2010 season.

LA Phil’s President and CEO Deborah Borda says that “what marks this season, it’s the 91st season of the Hollywood Bowl … and when you say HB, I just think that’s the quintessential LA experience. The Hollywood Bowl is exhilarating and unique because it’s the home of so many musical genres … the jewel in the crown of all of this is the LA Phil … So it’s a wonderful, wonderful mixture of events every summer … And no matter what you like, there’s something that will appeal to your interests … and, no matter how much you can afford, ‘cause there are over 1,000 tickets available for only $1!”

As Borda points out, Herbie Hancock’s ongoing relationship with the LA Phil underscores his commitment and that of the institution to the jazz genre: “ … His global musical vision and dedication to bringing jazz to the forefront inspires and shapes our series. We are fortunate to have such an exceptional artist who is also an integral part of the LA Phil family.”

Herbie Hancock’s Jazz at the Bowl series 1 not only includes a celebration of Miles Davis, The Neville Brothers’ Farewell Tour, and a night of Latin jazz starring Rubén Blades, but also it features Hancock’s own all-star program, “Celebrating Peace.”

Jazz at the Bowl series 2 is equally star-studded, with the Count Basie

Orchestra celebrating Ray Charles, the Duke Ellington Orchestra with

Brian McKnight, an evening of both Anita Baker and Esperanza

Spalding, and a blues night with B.B. King, and the Tedeschi Trucks


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