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Hollywood Bowl announces schedule; changes up jazz leadership

March 16, 2009 | 11:00 am

After being first reported last month on our sister blog Culture Monster, the Hollywood Bowl has now dotted the I's and crossed the T's on its 2009 season, which was officially announced this morning. In addition to highlighting previously unannounced shows with the Beastie Boys (Sept. 24) and John Fogerty as part of the Bowl's annual July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, Herbie Hancock was announced as the L.A. Philharmonic Assn.'s new creative chair for jazz, succeeding bassist Christian McBride.

The announcement continues a late-career ascendancy for Hancock that began with his 2007 Grammy win for album of the year with "The Joni Letters." His two-year tenure programming concerts at Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl begins with the Bowl's 2010 season. Hancock will also be performing at his new house of sorts on Aug. 7 and 8 with fellow pianist Lang Lang.

Other notable shows for the summer include Faith Hill (July 17-18), Liza Minnelli (Aug. 28-29) and Grace Jones joined by Of Montreal and Dengue Fever as part of KCRW's summer-long World Festival program (July 26).

More shows and dates available at the Hollywood Bowl website.

-- Chris Barton

Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times