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Herbie Hancock Takes It to the SummerStage

The keyboard master opened this summer's concert series in New York's Central Park with a free show featuring Terence Blanchard

Herbie Hancock may be 82 years old, but that doesn’t seem to be slowing him down. The latest case in point: his headlining set at Rumsey Playfield in New York’s Central Park on Saturday, June 11. It was opening night for the 2022 Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage concert series; this particular show, produced in association with the Blue Note Jazz Festival, was free of charge. Following a set by trumpeter Keyon Harrold, Hancock took over with a top-notch band that featured guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist James Genus, drummer Justin Tyson … and special guest Terence Blanchard on trumpet. 

Regular JT photographer Alan Nahigian was at the park and captured some memorable images—particularly when Herbie stepped out on keytar—as you can see yourself in the photo gallery below.

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