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Pianist Herbie Hancock made Harvard Professor of Poetry

The legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock has been made Professor of Poetry at Harvard University.

The 73-year-old composer will deliver six lectures under the title The Ethics of Jazz, starting in February.

Previous professors of poetry include poets T S Eliot and Robert Frost, and composers Leonard Bernstein and John Cage.

Hancock told BBC Radio 5 live's Up All Night: "I'm not going to attempt to present myself as an expert... What I'll be talking about mainly is my own experience."

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