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Herbie Hancock’s Contract Extended With Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

Jazzed Magazine • News • May 30, 2018

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The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced the extension of Herbie Hancock’s contract as the William Powers and Carolyn Powers Creative Chair for Jazz through the 2021 season at Hollywood Bowl and the 2020/21 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

During the 2018/19 Centennial season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hancock will perform with the LA Phil, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Also, for the first time ever, Hancock will curate a program for the LA Phil’s Green Umbrella series, focused on new music. This performance, The Edge of Jazz, will feature the world premieres of LA Phil-commissioned pieces from artists including Hitomi Oba, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Kamasi Washington, Billy Childs, and Hermeto Pascoal. The works will be performed by the LA Phil New Music Group, led by LA Phil assistant conductor Paolo Bortolameolli.

“I’m so delighted to be helping the LA Phil celebrate 100 years,” says Herbie Hancock. “It has been a true pleasure to partner with an organization that has been committed to growth and innovation, especially through our imaginative jazz programming. I look forward to continuing this partnership over the next few years and wish the LA Phil continued success for the next 100!”

“Herbie Hancock has been defining the future of jazz for close to half a century, and, fortunately for us, he shows no signs of stopping,” says Simon Woods, CEO of the LA Phil. “We are so privileged to have Herbie as part of our creative team, and we are thrilled that he will continue to bring his innovative vision to our jazz programming during our Centennial season and beyond.”

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