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  • LAPA
  • Apr. 25, 2016
  • Contract Extended Through the Hollywood Bowl 2017 and Walt Disney Concert Hall 2017/18 Seasons

    Los Angeles, CA (April 25, 2016) - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced today a one-year extension to Herbie Hancock's contract as the William Powers & Carolyn Powers Creative Chair for Jazz through the Hollywood Bowl 2017 summer season and the 2017/18 winter season at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    Hancock, who was just honored by the Recording Academy as a 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, began his tenure in the summer of 2010. Under his guidance the Los Angeles Philharmonic has presented notable jazz programs with both legends and breakthrough artists of the genre, including Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, The Neville Brothers, Gregory Porter, Aloe Blacc, Hugh Masekela and many more. The upcoming seasons present equally diverse concerts with artists that include Dr. John, Gladys Knight, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Carlos Vives, Patti Austin, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kamasi Washington, Terence Blanchard, and Cécile McLorin Salvant among many others.

    "I am honored to extend my partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic," says Hancock. "Together, we will continue our shared commitment and dedication to the jazz genre by presenting unique musical experiences featuring the best of today's artists."

    "Herbie Hancock is passionate about jazz in all its forms, and his creative vision inspires the LA Phil's jazz series," says Deborah Borda, President & CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. "We are extremely fortunate to have such an exceptional artist as part of the LA Phil family."

    The Creative Chair for Jazz works directly with the Presentations Department of the Los Angeles Philharmonic crafting the jazz series and related education initiatives presented annually by the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall. The position was first held by Dianne Reeves in 2002. She was succeeded by Christian McBride in 2006 and Hancock in 2010.


    About the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres - orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop - at two of L.A.'s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall ( and the Hollywood Bowl ( The LA Phil's season extends from September through May at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs. 

    About the Hollywood Bowl
    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz offerings. The venue offers something for everyone, from its sizzling summer evening concerts to the daytime arts festival for children, "SummerSounds: World Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl." In February 2016, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the twelfth year in a row at the 27th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer.

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