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Hancock looking forward to spread jazz in India

Legendary jazz musician and Grammy winner, Herbie Hancock, is eagerly looking forward to spread jazz in India during his third trip to the country.

world Updated: Feb 13, 2009 08:51 IST

Legendary jazz musician and Grammy winner, Herbie Hancock, is eagerly looking forward to spread jazz in India during his third trip to the country.

Part of a US cultural delegation, visiting India to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the visit of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Hancock is taking along with a group of musicians and singers who would perform at various places in India, during the trip.

"We look forward to bringing music and jazz education to the people of India through this historic tour that celebrates the philosophies of Dr King and Mahatma Gandhi, two very inspirational political and spiritual leaders whose teachings have really encouraged me to lead a life of peace, honesty, and filled with love for my fellow man," Hancock said.

He was speaking at a State Department function organised wherein the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, sent off the delegation.

On his first trip to India some 15 years ago, he said he was humbled to meet Mother Teresa and then "filled with joy having several opportunities to contribute to the cultural fabric of the Indian people through performance and jazz education workshops."