In a telephone interview Monday night, Hancock said Byrd was a key influence earlier in his career. He said Byrd took him under his wings when he was a struggling musician newly arrived in New York, even letting him sleep on a hide-a-bed in his Bronx apartment for several years. He was the first person to let me be a permanent member of an internationally known band, Hancock added. He has always nurtured and encouraged young musicians. Hes a born educator, it seems to be in his blood, and
President Barack Obama talks with Nelson Manela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela prior to a screening of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" in the White House Family Theater, Nov. 7, 2013.