03/17/09

Herbie Hancock Named Creative Chair for Jazz for L.A. Philharmonic

Herbie Hancock 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,” said 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.”

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Herbie Hancock and Christian McBride

“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,” said 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.”

“My tenure as Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic has truly been one of the most rewarding of my career,” said 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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