Los Angeles Philharmonic Appoints Herbie Hancock Creative Chair for Jazz; Begins Two-Year Tenure with Hollywood Bowl 2010 Season

Legendary jazz icon Herbie Hancock (pictured) will succeed bassist Christian McBride as the third Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

“It is a great honor to be selected as the next Creative Chair for Jazz, and follow in the footsteps of Christian McBride, who has presented programming of incredible breadth and talent,” says Hancock. “I intend to continue this tradition and also bring to fruition new ideas and one-of-a-kind programs in two of the finest venues for live music - Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.”

“We are truly privileged to have such a highly-regarded musician of the caliber of Herbie Hancock to follow Christian McBride as our next Creative Chair for Jazz,” says Deborah Borda, President of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. "We are thrilled to welcome him to our organization, and deeply grateful for Christian’s guidance."

With an illustrious career spanning five decades, Hancock continues to amaze audiences and never ceases to expand the public's vision of what music, particularly jazz, is all about today. Hancock solidified his place as the ultimate crossover jazz artist when he won the 2007 Grammy Award for Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters. Hancock will oversee jazz programming at both the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl during his two-year tenure, starting with the Hollywood Bowl’s 2010 season. He will work with the organization year-round, building on the Philharmonic’s presence in the musical community as a leading presenter of jazz.

“My tenure as Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic has truly been one of the most rewarding of my career,” says McBride. “It was an unbelievable opportunity to present unprecedented jazz programs. Having the legendary Herbie Hancock succeed me in this position is an astounding honor and a testament to the LA Phil’s firm commitment to promoting the best that jazz has to offer.”

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