Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has been honoured with the JAZZ MASTERS FELLOWSHIP AWARD from the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT OF THE ARTS.

Hancock received the award - the American government's most prestigious honour for jazz musicians - after performing at halftime of the basketball game between the WASHINGTON WIZARDS and New Jersey Nets in Washington, DC.

This year's (04) other Jazz Masters recipients were honoured in January (04), but Hancock was unable to attend the ceremony in New York, so received his honour on Wednesday (31MAR04).

Past recipients of the award include COUNT BASIE, Miles Davis, ELLA FITZGERALD, DIZZY GILLESPIE and SARAH VAUGHAN.

02/04/2004 17:35