Jazz piano legend Herbie Hancock has been announced as the 2014 Harvard Professor of Poetry, according to Rolling Stone. The post delivers the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures (a series of six lectures) at Harvard and has been filed by a variety of musicians, poets, novelists, and composers. It’s a post held by such legendary figures as T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Igor Stravinsky, e.e. cummings, Jorge Louis Borges, Leonard Bernstein, John Cage, Italo Calvino, and, more recently, John Ashbery, Nobel Prize nominee and classical pianist Daniel Barenboim, and Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk.
Hancock told BBC Radio 5 that his lectures would “be mainly talking about my own experience and give [the students] some stories.” He continued that there will be lecutres about Buddhism and creativity (he’s been a Buddhist for the better part of the last four decades), cultural abassadorship, the wisdom of Miles Davis, and much more.
This will be Hancock’s second go as a professor. He’s also won 15 Grammys, an Oscar, and the Kennedy Center Honors Award, as well as recording on countless legendary reords and being a UNESCO ambassador for the United Nations.