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Hancock among honorees at California African American Museum

October 10, 2011 |  2:43 pm


Jazz musician Herbie Hancock is one of three recipients of the annual lifetime achievement award from the California African American Museum, organizers have announced. Hancock will be honored alongside choreographer Donald McKayle and visual artist Betye Saar.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place Oct. 15 at the museum. Hancock will be presented with the museum's Lifetime Achievement Award, Musician & Composer. The musician currently serves as the creative chair for jazz at the L.A. Philharmonic, and recently performed with the orchestra at its season opener at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Hancock won an Academy Award for his score to the 1986 Bertrand Tavernier film " 'Round Midnight."

McKayle, who has choreographed for the stage, television and the movies, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dancer & Choreographer. In 2010, he stepped down as chair of UC Irvine's dance department.

Saar, the L.A.-based artist who specializes in assemblage, will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Visual Artist. One of her best-known works is "The Liberation of Aunt Jemima," which depicts the popular figure holding a shotgun. Her works will be featured in Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. Her children Alison and Lezley are also artists.

Previous lifetime honorees at the museum include Muhammad Ali and the artists William Pajaud and Artis Lane.


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-- David Ng

Photo: Herbie Hancock. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times