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Herbie Hancock

Birth name Herbert Jeffrey Hancock
Born April 12, 1940 (age 75)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Jazz, post-bop, fusion, jazz-funk, electro, classical
Occupations Musician, composer, bandleader, record producer, arranger, actor
Instruments Piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizers, workstation synthesizers, organ, clavinet, keytar, vocoder, Fairlight CMI
Years active 1961-present
Labels Columbia, Blue Note, Warner Bros., Verve
Associated acts Clark Terry, Miles Davis Quintet, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, The Headhunters, V.S.O.P., Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell, Howard Jones
External video
Oral History, Herbie Hancock talks about new technology and his excitement about the possibilities the technology affords for making great music. Interview date January 20, 2006, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library
Herbert Jeffrey “Herbie” Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor.














Starting his career with Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music. Hancock’s music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs “cross over” and achieved success among pop audiences. His music embraces elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz. In his jazz improvisation, he possesses a unique creative blend of jazz, blues, and modern classical music, with harmonic stylings much like the styles of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

Hancock’s best-known compositions include “Cantaloupe Island”, “Watermelon Man” (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo Santamaría), “Maiden Voyage”, “Chameleon”, and the singles “I Thought It Was You” and “Rockit”. His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album ever to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965.

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