Hancock to be feted at festival
Published 02/03/2010 | 06:29
Herbie Hancock will be feted at a birthday bash at Carnegie Hall which will highlight the revival of a major summer jazz festival in the Big Apple.
The jazz legend, who turns 70 on April 12, will be joined by comedian Bill Cosby, saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, with more guests to be announced.
The June 24 concert, Herbie Hancock, Seven Decades: The Birthday Celebration, will benefit The Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz.
"That will be a very exciting night - perhaps one of the unique nights in the history of the festival with a lot of people coming just to salute Herbie," the festival's producer, George Wein, said.
The concert will be followed by a festival first - an old-time midnight jam session paying tribute to Hancock - at the City Winery nightclub.
After lining up new sponsorship, Wein has resurrected New York's flagship summer jazz festival, which he first launched in 1972. The festival was cancelled last year after a firm withdrew its sponsorship.
The CareFusion Jazz Festival will make its debut from June 17 to 26 with some 45 concerts at 20 venues, including concert halls, parks, museums and libraries.