Herbie Hancock

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Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Nnenna Freelon with several young students of the Ho Chi Minh City conservatory of music.
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Nancy Wilson helps Herbie Hancock celebrate his IAJE President's Award this past January at the annual IAJE Convention.
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Ron Carter, Hervie Hancock, Max Gordon and Tony Williams relax in the kitchen/dressing room of Gordon's Village Vanguard on September 20, 1985.
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Herbie Hancock honored by fellow icons
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Sting with Herbie Hancock at the 2007 Thelonious Monk Competition
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Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell
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NEA Jazz Masters at IAJE
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Directions in Music: Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove
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L to R: Wayne Shorter, Andre Hayward, Marshall Gilkes, Karin Harris, Noah Bless, David Gibson and Herbie Hancock
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Illustration of Michael Brecker, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Miles Davis
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Herbie Hancock backstage at the Billboard BET on Jazz Awards Show in 2000
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Herbie Hancock, Teri Thornton, Russell Malone and Bill Cosby
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Joe and Rachelle Friedman of J&R Music World present the Rhythm of Life foundation with a check for $5,000 in honor of Herbie Hancock during the J&R Music World Jazz Fest in Manhattan, 1999
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Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Verve Recording Session, New York, 1998
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Herbie Hancock, B.B. King and U2's Bono; Oct. 26, 2008, Los Angeles
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Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter
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Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter
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Herbie Hancock and Institute of Jazz Performance student pianist Victor Gould demonstrate improvisation techniques at a standing-room-only master class at Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts
By The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
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Herbie Hancock signs autographs at a master class for Beijing’s aspiring young musicians at the National Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, May 10, 2010
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Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater headlined a rare jazz concert at Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall on May 11, accompanied by the talented college students (Monk Fellows)
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Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater headlined a concert at Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, accompanied by the six college students who attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance program at Loyola University New Orleans
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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Chairman Herbie Hancock, Institute President Tom Carter, vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, and students from the Institute’s Jazz Performance program gave a press conference before two concerts at the Shanghai 2010 Expo
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Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance students visited the Great Wall of China during a U.S. Department of State Cultural and Education Tour of China, May 7 - 16, 2010
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Herbie Hancock performed with vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance students at concerts in Beijing and Shanghai during a recent U.S. Department of State Cultural and Education Tour of China
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Herbie Hancock at 2010 CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
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Herbie Hancock at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010
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Herbie Hancock at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010
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Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Matt Pierson, James Farber, Ronaldo, Milton Nascimento, Pat Metheny and Jack DeJohnette
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Herbie Hancock at Juilliard’s 106th Commencement Ceremony receiving his honorary degree
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Herbie Hancock at Juilliard’s 106th Commencement Ceremony receiving his honorary degree on May 20, 2011
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Herbie Hancock at Juilliard’s 106th Commencement Ceremony receiving his honorary degree from Juilliard’s Provost and Dean, Ara Guzelimian and Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi
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Herbie Hancock, circa Rockit era
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Richie OKon with Herbie Hancock and Donald Byrd at the Blue Note in New York City
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Herbie Hancock in performance at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia
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Herbie Hancock in performance at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia
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Herbie Hancock in performance at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia
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Herbie Hancock in performance at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia
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Herbie Hancock (left) and Wayne Shorter at Umbria Jazz 2014
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Throughout his career, Herbie Hancock has refused to be confined to one musical category or situation, making a name for himself on both acoustic piano and electric keyboards, and in idioms ranging from hard-bop, soul-jazz and fusion to funk, pop and world music. Born in Chicago in 1940, Hancock began playing piano when he was seven and was considered a bit of a prodigy, performing the first movement of a Mozart piano concerto in public when he was 11. After college, he joined the Donald Byrd-Pepper Adams Quintet in 1961. Signed to Blue Note, Hancock immediately had a hit when he introduced “Watermelon Man.” After recording with Sonny Rollins, in 1963 he became a key member of the Miles Davis Quintet, staying five years as Davis’ music evolved from hard-bop to avant-garde jazz and fusion. In his own Blue Note albums, Hancock introduced “Cantaloupe Island,” “Speak Like a Child” and “Maiden Voyage.”

Very much interested in electronic keyboards, Hancock organized an adventurous and versatile sextet in 1969 that created consistently colorful and predictable music until its breakup in 1973. At that time, Hancock formed the Headhunters, having a bestseller with his funky “Chameleon.” After a few years playing keyboards with the Headhunters, Hancock led the all-star acoustic quintet V.S.O.P. that featured Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard. Hancock would from then on alternate between electric and acoustic music, having a hit with the percussive “Rockit” in 1983, writing film scores, utilizing Wynton and Branford Marsalis on some of his records, performing techno-pop, teaming up with Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove in his New Directions group, paying tribute to George Gershwin on the recording Gershwin’s World, performing modern funk on Future 2 Future, and recording jazz versions of Joni Mitchell compositions on the Grammy-winning River: The Joni Letters. No matter what idiom or situation Herbie Hancock appears in, he always sounds like himself and finds something fresh to say.

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Hancock’s Mwandishi Band to Reunite for One Night

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02/13/14    Features    By Lee Mergner

The Kennedy Center's Surreal Herbie Hancock Tribute

08/06/13    Concerts    By Giovanni Russonello

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07/31/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Legacy to Release 34-CD Herbie Hancock Box Set

01/14/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter Named UCLA Professors

08/24/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Hancock, Shorter, Santana and Others to Celebrate Peace at Hollywood Bowl

07/26/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Blue Note Releases Six Classics in High Definition Audio

04/18/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Concert Lineups Announced for International Jazz Day

03/20/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Herbie Hancock Establishes Annual International Jazz Day

03/15/12    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Herbie Hancock at the Kennedy Center

12/14/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

New Orleans Jazz Fest Announces 2012 Lineup

10/12/11    Concerts    By Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD.

Herbie Hancock: Solo Piano

09/23/11    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Monterey Jazz Festival 2011

08/30/11    Artist's Choice    By Gretchen Parlato

Artist's Choice: Gretchen Parlato on Herbie Hancock

08/18/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Herbie Hancock To Embark on First-Ever Solo Tour This Fall

08/16/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Celebrates 25th Anniversary

08/11/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jazz Tribute to Joni Mitchell Coming to Hollywood Bowl

07/31/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Herbie Hancock and L.A. Philharmonic to Play Gershwin Program

07/22/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Miles Davis Boxed Set from 1967 Shows Due

07/09/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Herbie Hancock to Be Named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

07/08/11    Education    By Ed Hamilton

UCLA and Kenny Burrell: A Merger In Jazz Education

05/23/11    News    By Kimberly Huynh

Herbie Hancock Receives Honorary Doctoral Degree from Juilliard

November 2010    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

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September 2010    Features    By Jeff Tamarkin

Herbie Hancock: Energy in the Environment

08/10/10    Albums    By George Varga

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08/10/10    Albums    By George Varga

The Imagine Project
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07/15/10    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Review of 2010 Copenhagen Jazz Festival

05/27/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Herbie Hancock Celebrates 70th with New Album & Special Concert

05/19/10    Photos    By JazzTimes

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in China

05/04/10    Franckling's JazzNotes    By Ken Franckling

Montreal Jazz Fest Still at Top of its Game

03/24/10    Franckling's JazzNotes    By Ken Franckling

Looking at Festivals at Newport & Saratoga

04/24/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Herbie Hancock to Tour with Classical Pianist Lang Lang

04/13/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

New Documentary Explores Contemporary Jazz

April 2009    JT Notes    By Jeff Tamarkin

Notes From Underground

03/17/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Herbie Hancock Named Creative Chair for Jazz for L.A. Philharmonic

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01/21/09    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Berlin Jazz Festival

January/February 2009    Features    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Highs & Lows

January/February 2009    JT Notes    By Evan Haga

Time After Time

January/February 2009    News    By Don Heckman

Monk Institute Saxophone Competition

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September 2010 Editorial and Advertising Highlights

10/02/08    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Monterey Jazz Festival

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Icons & Innovators

08/05/08    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Umbria Jazz '08

08/04/08    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Estoril & Allgarve Jazz Festival

07/03/08    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Herbie Hancock at JVC - New York

06/27/08    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Playboy Jazz Festival

January/February 2008    News    By Don Heckman

20th Annual Thelonious Monk Competition: In Walked Brass

December 2007    Albums    By Josef Woodard

River: The Joni Letters
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December 2007    Features    By Geoffrey Himes

Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell: Music & Lyrics

11/01/07    Concerts    By Don Heckman

Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition and Herbie Hancock Tribute

January/February 2007    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

The Year in Gigs

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Autumn Chill: Smooth Jazzers Reflect on their Hard-Jazz Heroes

October 2006    Albums    By Brian Gilmore

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08/11/06    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Hancock, McBride and Redman at the Hollywood Bowl

08/08/06    Concerts    By Blaise Lantana

Telluride Jazz Celebration 2006

08/06/06    Concerts    By John Schu

Chick Corea's "In the Spirit of Mozart" & the Herbie Hancock Quintet

07/19/06    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

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July/August 2006    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Everybody Come Home

06/25/06    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Herbie's World: Herbie Hancock and Friends at JVC

June 2006    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Michael Brecker: A Musician's Quilt

05/30/06    Concerts    By Andrew Gilbert

Sonoma Jazz Festival 2006

May 2006    News    By Michael Kabran

Granny Grammys: The Old Guard Won Again

May 2006    News    By Tad Hendrickson

In Name Only? Jazz Labels Venture Outside the Genre

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Year in Review: Highs & Lows

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Autumn Chill: 41 of the Season's Best Albums, Part I

09/21/05    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition

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Concerts — November 2005

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50 LPs from 35 Years of JazzTimes, Part I

January/February 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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January/February 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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09/16/04    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

25th Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition

April 2004    Features    By John Murph

Spin City: Modern DJs Look to 1970s Jazz for Beats and Inspiration

01/20/04    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Barbados Jazz Festival 2004

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Highs and Lows 2003

08/08/03    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Wayne Shorter Live in LA

June 2003    Features    By Nate Chinen

George Wein: A Great Day in Washington

05/17/03    Concerts    By Christopher Loudon

Massey Hall's 50th Anniversary Concert

05/05/03    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Herbie Hancock's "Gershwin's World" Premiere

September 2002    Features    By Christopher Porter

Herbie Hancock: Ancient to the Future

06/30/02    Concerts    By Nate Chinen

Directions In Music

June 2002    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall
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January/February 2002    Albums    By Christopher Porter

Future 2 Future
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05/18/01    Concerts    By Bill Bennett

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April 1999    Albums    By Owen Cordle

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December 1998    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Gershwin's World
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December 1998    Grooves    By Tony Green

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March 1998    Grooves    By Tony Green

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September 1997    Features    By Josef Woodard

Hancock and Shorter: Two Divided by One

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