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Background informationHerbie Hancock_header_cell_0_1_0
Birth nameHerbie Hancock_header_cell_0_2_0 Herbert Jeffrey HancockHerbie Hancock_cell_0_2_1
BornHerbie Hancock_header_cell_0_3_0 (1940-04-12) April 12, 1940 (age 80)

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Herbie Hancock_cell_0_3_1

GenresHerbie Hancock_header_cell_0_4_0 Jazz, post-bop, modal jazz, fusion, jazz-funk, electro, classicalHerbie Hancock_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Herbie Hancock_header_cell_0_5_0 Musician, singer-songwriter, composer, DJ, bandleader, record producer, arranger, actorHerbie Hancock_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsHerbie Hancock_header_cell_0_6_0 KeyboardsHerbie Hancock_cell_0_6_1
Years activeHerbie Hancock_header_cell_0_7_0 1961–presentHerbie Hancock_cell_0_7_1
LabelsHerbie Hancock_header_cell_0_8_0 Columbia, Blue Note, Warner Bros., VerveHerbie Hancock_cell_0_8_1
Associated actsHerbie Hancock_header_cell_0_9_0 Clark Terry, Miles Davis Quintet, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, the Headhunters, V.S.O.P., Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell, Howard JonesHerbie Hancock_cell_0_9_1
WebsiteHerbie Hancock_header_cell_0_10_0 Herbie Hancock_cell_0_10_1
EducationHerbie Hancock_header_cell_0_11_0 Grinnell College

Roosevelt UniversityHerbie Hancock_cell_0_11_1

Spouse(s)Herbie Hancock_header_cell_0_12_0 Gigi Hancock (née Meixner)

​ ​(m. 1968)​Herbie Hancock_cell_0_12_1

ChildrenHerbie Hancock_header_cell_0_13_0 1Herbie Hancock_cell_0_13_1

Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer, and actor. Herbie Hancock_sentence_0

Hancock started his career with Donald Byrd. Herbie Hancock_sentence_1

He shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet, where he helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. Herbie Hancock_sentence_2

In the 1970s, Hancock experimented with jazz fusion, funk, and electro styles. Herbie Hancock_sentence_3

Hancock's best-known compositions include the jazz standards "Cantaloupe Island", "Watermelon Man", "Maiden Voyage", and "Chameleon", as well as the hit singles "I Thought It Was You" and "Rockit". Herbie Hancock_sentence_4

His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965. Herbie Hancock_sentence_5

Since 2012, Hancock has served as a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he teaches at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Herbie Hancock_sentence_6

He is also the chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz (known as the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz until 2019). Herbie Hancock_sentence_7

Early life Herbie Hancock_section_0

Hancock was born in Chicago, the son of Winnie Belle (Griffin), a secretary, and Wayman Edward Hancock, a government meat inspector. Herbie Hancock_sentence_8

His parents named him after the singer and actor Herb Jeffries. Herbie Hancock_sentence_9

He attended Hyde Park High School. Herbie Hancock_sentence_10

Like many jazz pianists, Hancock started with a classical music education. Herbie Hancock_sentence_11

He studied from age seven, and his talent was recognized early. Herbie Hancock_sentence_12

Considered a child prodigy, he played the first movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. Herbie Hancock_sentence_13 26 in D Major, K. 537 (Coronation) at a young people's concert on February 5, 1952, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (led by CSO assistant conductor George Schick) at the age of 11. Herbie Hancock_sentence_14

Through his teens, Hancock never had a jazz teacher however he developed his ear and sense of harmony. Herbie Hancock_sentence_15

He was also influenced by records of the vocal group the Hi-Lo's. Herbie Hancock_sentence_16

In his words: Herbie Hancock_sentence_17

In 1960, he heard Chris Anderson play just once and begged him to accept him as a student. Herbie Hancock_sentence_18

Hancock often mentions Anderson as his harmonic guru. Herbie Hancock_sentence_19

Hancock left Grinnell College, moved to Chicago, and began working with Donald Byrd and Coleman Hawkins. Herbie Hancock_sentence_20

During this time he also took courses at Roosevelt University (later graduating from Grinnell with degrees in electrical engineering and music). Herbie Hancock_sentence_21

Grinnell also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 1972. Herbie Hancock_sentence_22

Byrd was attending the Manhattan School of Music in New York at the time and suggested that Hancock study composition with Vittorio Giannini (which he did for a short time in 1960). Herbie Hancock_sentence_23

The pianist quickly earned a reputation, and played subsequent sessions with Oliver Nelson and Phil Woods. Herbie Hancock_sentence_24

He recorded his first solo album Takin' Off for Blue Note Records in 1962. Herbie Hancock_sentence_25

"Watermelon Man" (from Takin' Off) was to provide Mongo Santamaría with a hit single, but more importantly for Hancock, Takin' Off caught the attention of Miles Davis, who was at that time assembling a new band. Herbie Hancock_sentence_26

Hancock was introduced to Davis by the young drummer Tony Williams, a member of the new band. Herbie Hancock_sentence_27

Career Herbie Hancock_section_1

Miles Davis Quintet (1963–68) and Blue Note Records (1962–69) Herbie Hancock_section_2

Hancock received considerable attention when, in May 1963, he joined Davis's Second Great Quintet. Herbie Hancock_sentence_28

Davis personally sought out Hancock, whom he saw as one of the most promising talents in jazz. Herbie Hancock_sentence_29

The rhythm section Davis organized was young but effective, comprising bassist Ron Carter, 17-year-old drummer Williams, and Hancock on piano. Herbie Hancock_sentence_30

After George Coleman and Sam Rivers each took a turn at the saxophone spot, the quintet gelled with Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone. Herbie Hancock_sentence_31

This quintet is often regarded as one of the finest jazz ensembles yet. Herbie Hancock_sentence_32

While in Davis's band, Hancock also found time to record dozens of sessions for the Blue Note label, both under his own name and as a sideman with other musicians such as Shorter, Williams, Grant Green, Bobby Hutcherson, Rivers, Byrd, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, and Eric Dolphy. Herbie Hancock_sentence_33

Hancock also recorded several less-well-known but still critically acclaimed albums with larger ensembles – My Point of View (1963), Speak Like a Child (1968) and The Prisoner (1969) featured flugelhorn, alto flute and bass trombone. Herbie Hancock_sentence_34

1963's Inventions and Dimensions was an album of almost entirely improvised music, teaming Hancock with bassist Paul Chambers and two Latin percussionists, Willie Bobo and Osvaldo "Chihuahua" Martinez. Herbie Hancock_sentence_35

During this period, Hancock also composed the score to Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blowup (1966), the first of many film soundtracks he recorded in his career. Herbie Hancock_sentence_36

As well as feature film soundtracks, Hancock recorded a number of musical themes used on American television commercials for such then well known products as Pillsbury's Space Food Sticks, Standard Oil, Tab diet cola and Virginia Slims cigarettes. Herbie Hancock_sentence_37

Hancock also wrote, arranged and conducted a spy type theme for a series of F. Herbie Hancock_sentence_38 William Free commercials for Silva Thins cigarettes. Herbie Hancock_sentence_39

Hancock liked it so much he wished to record it as a song but the ad agency would not let him. Herbie Hancock_sentence_40

He rewrote the harmony, tempo and tone and recorded the piece as the track "He Who Lives in Fear" from his The Prisoner album of 1969. Herbie Hancock_sentence_41

Davis had begun incorporating elements of rock and popular music into his recordings by the end of Hancock's tenure with the band. Herbie Hancock_sentence_42

Despite some initial reluctance, Hancock began doubling on electric keyboards including the Fender Rhodes electric piano at Davis's insistence. Herbie Hancock_sentence_43

Hancock adapted quickly to the new instruments, which proved to be important in his future artistic endeavors. Herbie Hancock_sentence_44

Under the pretext that he had returned late from a honeymoon in Brazil, Hancock was dismissed from Davis's band. Herbie Hancock_sentence_45

In the summer of 1968 Hancock formed his own sextet. Herbie Hancock_sentence_46

However, although Davis soon disbanded his quintet to search for a new sound, Hancock, despite his departure from the working band, continued to appear on Davis records for the next few years. Herbie Hancock_sentence_47

Appearances included In a Silent Way, A Tribute to Jack Johnson and On the Corner. Herbie Hancock_sentence_48

Fat Albert (1969) and Mwandishi era (1971-73) Herbie Hancock_section_3

Hancock left Blue Note in 1969, signing with Warner Bros. Records. Herbie Hancock_sentence_49

In 1969, Hancock composed the soundtrack for Bill Cosby's animated prime-time television special Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert. Herbie Hancock_sentence_50

Music from the soundtrack was later included on Fat Albert Rotunda (1969), an R&B-inspired album with strong jazz overtones. Herbie Hancock_sentence_51

One of the jazzier songs on the record, the moody ballad "Tell Me a Bedtime Story", was later re-worked as a more electronic sounding song for the Quincy Jones album [[Sounds...and_Stuff_Like_That! Herbie Hancock_sentence_52

!|Sounds...and Stuff Like That!! ]] Herbie Hancock_sentence_53

(1978). Herbie Hancock_sentence_54

Hancock became fascinated with electronic musical instruments. Herbie Hancock_sentence_55

Together with the profound influence of Davis's Bitches Brew (1970), this fascination culminated in a series of albums in which electronic instruments were coupled with acoustic instruments. Herbie Hancock_sentence_56

Hancock's first ventures into electronic music started with a sextet comprising Hancock, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Billy Hart, and a trio of horn players: Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Julian Priester (trombone), and multireedist Bennie Maupin. Herbie Hancock_sentence_57

Patrick Gleeson was eventually added to the mix to play and program the synthesizers. Herbie Hancock_sentence_58

The sextet, later a septet with the addition of Gleeson, made three albums under Hancock's name: Mwandishi (1971), Crossings (1972) (both on Warner Bros. Records), and Sextant (1973) (released on Columbia Records); two more, Realization and Inside Out, were recorded under Henderson's name with essentially the same personnel. Herbie Hancock_sentence_59

The music exhibited strong improvisational aspect beyond the confines of jazz mainstream and showed influence from the electronic music of contemporary classical composers. Herbie Hancock_sentence_60

Hancock's three records released in 1971–73 later became known as the "Mwandishi" albums, so-called after a Swahili name Hancock sometimes used during this era ("Mwandishi" is Swahili for "writer"). Herbie Hancock_sentence_61

The first two, including Fat Albert Rotunda were made available on the 2-CD set Mwandishi: the Complete Warner Bros. Herbie Hancock_sentence_62

Recordings, released in 1994. Herbie Hancock_sentence_63

"Hornets" was later revised on the 2001 album Future2Future as "Virtual Hornets". Herbie Hancock_sentence_64

Among the instruments Hancock and Gleeson used were Fender Rhodes piano, ARP Odyssey, ARP 2600, ARP Pro Soloist Synthesizer, a Mellotron and the Moog synthesizer III. Herbie Hancock_sentence_65

From Head Hunters (1973) to Secrets (1976) Herbie Hancock_section_4

See also: Head Hunters Herbie Hancock_sentence_66

Hancock formed The Headhunters, keeping only Maupin from the sextet and adding bassist Paul Jackson, percussionist Bill Summers, and drummer Harvey Mason. Herbie Hancock_sentence_67

The album Head Hunters (1973) was a hit, crossing over to pop audiences but criticized within his jazz audience. Herbie Hancock_sentence_68

Stephen Erlewine, in a retrospective summary for AllMusic, said, "Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital three decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul, and hip-hop." Herbie Hancock_sentence_69

Drummer Mason was replaced by Mike Clark, and the band released a second album, Thrust, the following year, 1974. Herbie Hancock_sentence_70

(A live album from a Japan performance, consisting of compositions from those first two Head Hunters releases was released in 1975 as Flood.) Herbie Hancock_sentence_71

This was almost as well received as its predecessor, if not attaining the same level of commercial success. Herbie Hancock_sentence_72

The Headhunters made another successful album called Survival of the Fittest in 1975 without Hancock, while Hancock himself started to make even more commercial albums, often featuring members of the band, but no longer billed as The Headhunters. Herbie Hancock_sentence_73

The Headhunters reunited with Hancock in 1998 for Return of the Headhunters, and a version of the band (featuring Jackson and Clark) continues to play and record. Herbie Hancock_sentence_74

In 1973, Hancock composed his soundtrack to the controversial film The Spook Who Sat by the Door. Herbie Hancock_sentence_75

Then in 1974, he composed the soundtrack to the first Death Wish film. Herbie Hancock_sentence_76

One of his memorable songs, "Joanna's Theme", was re-recorded in 1997 on his duet album with Shorter, 1+1. Herbie Hancock_sentence_77

Hancock's next jazz-funk albums of the 1970s were Man-Child (1975) and Secrets (1976), which point toward the more commercial direction Hancock would take over the next decade. Herbie Hancock_sentence_78

These albums feature the members of the Headhunters band, but also a variety of other musicians in important roles. Herbie Hancock_sentence_79

From V.S.O.P. (1976) to Future Shock (1983) Herbie Hancock_section_5

In 1978, Hancock recorded a duet with Chick Corea, who had replaced him in the Davis band a decade earlier. Herbie Hancock_sentence_80

Hancock also released a solo acoustic piano album, The Piano (1979), which was released only in Japan. Herbie Hancock_sentence_81

(It was released in the US in 2004.) Herbie Hancock_sentence_82

Other Japan-only albums include Dedication (1974), V.S.O.P. Herbie Hancock_sentence_83 's Tempest in the Colosseum (1977), and Direct Step (1978). Herbie Hancock_sentence_84

VSOP: Live Under the Sky was a VSOP album remastered for the US in 2004 and included a second concert from the tour in July 1979. Herbie Hancock_sentence_85

From 1978 to 1982, Hancock recorded many albums of jazz-inflected disco and pop music, beginning with Sunlight (featuring guest musicians including Williams and Pastorius on the last track) (1978). Herbie Hancock_sentence_86

Singing through a vocoder, he earned a British hit, "I Thought It Was You", although critics were unimpressed. Herbie Hancock_sentence_87

This led to more vocoder on his next album, Feets, Don't Fail Me Now (1979), which gave him another UK hit in "You Bet Your Love". Herbie Hancock_sentence_88

Hancock toured with Williams and Carter in 1981, recording Herbie Hancock Trio, a five-track album released only in Japan. Herbie Hancock_sentence_89

A month later, he recorded Quartet with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, released in the US the following year. Herbie Hancock_sentence_90

Hancock, Williams, and Carter toured internationally with Wynton Marsalis and his brother, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, in what was known as "VSOP II". Herbie Hancock_sentence_91

This quintet can be heard on Wynton Marsalis's debut album on Columbia (1981). Herbie Hancock_sentence_92

In 1984 VSOP II performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival as a sextet with Hancock, Williams, Carter, the Marsalis Brothers, and Bobby McFerrin. Herbie Hancock_sentence_93

In 1982 Hancock contributed to the album New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) by Simple Minds, playing a synthesizer solo on the track "Hunter and the Hunted". Herbie Hancock_sentence_94

In 1983, Hancock had a pop hit with the Grammy-award-winning single "Rockit" from the album Future Shock. Herbie Hancock_sentence_95

It was the first jazz hip-hop song and became a worldwide anthem for breakdancers and for hip-hop in the 1980s. Herbie Hancock_sentence_96

It was the first mainstream single to feature scratching, and also featured an innovative animated music video, which was directed by Godley and Creme and showed several robot-like artworks by Jim Whiting. Herbie Hancock_sentence_97

The video was a hit on MTV and reached No. Herbie Hancock_sentence_98

8 in the UK. Herbie Hancock_sentence_99

The video won in five categories at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards. Herbie Hancock_sentence_100

This single ushered in a collaboration with noted bassist and producer Bill Laswell. Herbie Hancock_sentence_101

Hancock experimented with electronic music on a string of three LPs produced by Laswell: Future Shock (1983), the Grammy Award-winning Sound-System (1984), and Perfect Machine (1988). Herbie Hancock_sentence_102

During this period, he appeared onstage at the Grammy Awards with Stevie Wonder, Howard Jones, and Thomas Dolby, in a synthesizer jam. Herbie Hancock_sentence_103

Lesser known works from the 1980s are the live album Jazz Africa (1987) and the studio album Village Life (1984), which were recorded with Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso. Herbie Hancock_sentence_104

Also, in 1985 Hancock performed as a guest on the album So Red the Rose (1985) by the Duran Duran spinoff group Arcadia. Herbie Hancock_sentence_105

He also provided introductory and closing comments for the PBS rebroadcast in the United States of the BBC educational series from the mid-1980s, Rockschool (not to be confused with the most recent Gene Simmons' Rock School series). Herbie Hancock_sentence_106

In 1986 Hancock performed and acted in the film 'Round Midnight. Herbie Hancock_sentence_107

He also wrote the score/soundtrack, for which he won an Academy Award for Original Music Score. Herbie Hancock_sentence_108

His film work was prolific during the 1980s, and included the scores to A Soldier's Story (1984), Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986), Action Jackson (1988, with Michael Kamen), Colors (1988), and the Eddie Murphy comedy Harlem Nights (1989). Herbie Hancock_sentence_109

Often he would also write music for TV commercials. Herbie Hancock_sentence_110

"Maiden Voyage", in fact, started out as a cologne advertisement. Herbie Hancock_sentence_111

At the end of the Perfect Machine tour, Hancock decided to leave Columbia Records after a 15-plus-year relationship. Herbie Hancock_sentence_112

1990s to 2000 Herbie Hancock_section_6

After a break following his departure from Columbia, Hancock, together with Carter, Williams, Shorter, and Davis admirer Wallace Roney, recorded A Tribute to Miles, which was released in 1994. Herbie Hancock_sentence_113

The album contained two live recordings and studio recording songs, with Roney playing Davis's part as trumpet player. Herbie Hancock_sentence_114

The album won a Grammy for best group album. Herbie Hancock_sentence_115

Hancock also toured with Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland and Pat Metheny in 1990 on their Parallel Realities tour, which included a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July 1990, and scored the 1991 comedy film Livin' Large, which starred Terrence C. Carson. Herbie Hancock_sentence_116

Hancock's next album, Dis Is da Drum, released in 1994, saw him return to acid jazz. Herbie Hancock_sentence_117

Also in 1994, he appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. Herbie Hancock_sentence_118

The album, meant to raise awareness and funds in support of the AIDS epidemic in relation to the African-American community, was heralded as "Album of the Year" by Time Magazine. Herbie Hancock_sentence_119

1995's The New Standard found Hancock and an all-star band including John Scofield, DeJohnette and Michael Brecker, interpreting pop songs by Nirvana, Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, Prince, Peter Gabriel and others. Herbie Hancock_sentence_120

A 1997 duet album with Shorter, entitled 1+1, was successful; the song "Aung San Suu Kyi" winning the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition. Herbie Hancock_sentence_121

Hancock also achieved great success in 1998 with his album Gershwin's World, which featured readings of George and Ira Gershwin standards by Hancock and a plethora of guest stars, including Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Shorter. Herbie Hancock_sentence_122

Hancock toured the world in support of Gershwin's World with a sextet that featured Cyro Baptista, Terri Lynne Carrington, Ira Coleman, Eli Degibri and Eddie Henderson. Herbie Hancock_sentence_123

2000 to 2009 Herbie Hancock_section_7

In 2001 Hancock recorded Future2Future, which reunited Hancock with Laswell and featured doses of electronica as well as turntablist Rob Swift of The X-Ecutioners. Herbie Hancock_sentence_124

Hancock later toured with the band, and released a concert DVD with a different lineup, which also included the "Rockit" music video. Herbie Hancock_sentence_125

Also in 2001 Hancock partnered with Brecker and Roy Hargrove to record a live concert album saluting Davis and John Coltrane, entitled Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall, recorded live in Toronto. Herbie Hancock_sentence_126

The threesome toured to support the album, and toured on-and-off through 2005. Herbie Hancock_sentence_127

The year 2005 saw the release of a duet album called Possibilities. Herbie Hancock_sentence_128

It featured duets with Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Sting and others. Herbie Hancock_sentence_129

In 2006 Possibilities was nominated for Grammy Awards in two categories: "A Song for You" (featuring Aguilera) was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and "Gelo No Montanha" (featuring Trey Anastasio on guitar) was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Performance, although neither nomination resulted in an award. Herbie Hancock_sentence_130

Also in 2005 Hancock toured Europe with a new quartet that included Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke, and explored textures ranging from ambient to straight jazz to African music. Herbie Hancock_sentence_131

Plus, during the summer of 2005, Hancock re-staffed the Headhunters and went on tour with them, including a performance at The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Herbie Hancock_sentence_132

This lineup did not consist of any of the original Headhunters musicians. Herbie Hancock_sentence_133

The group included Marcus Miller, Carrington, Loueke and Mayer. Herbie Hancock_sentence_134

Hancock also served as the first artist in residence for Bonnaroo that summer. Herbie Hancock_sentence_135

Also in 2006 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (which bought out Hancock's old label, Columbia Records) released the two-disc retrospective The Essential Herbie Hancock. Herbie Hancock_sentence_136

This set was the first compilation of his work at Warner Bros., Blue Note, Columbia and Verve/Polygram. Herbie Hancock_sentence_137

This became Hancock's second major compilation of work since the 2002 Columbia-only The Herbie Hancock Box, which was released at first in a plastic 4 × 4 cube then re-released in 2004 in a long box set. Herbie Hancock_sentence_138

Also in 2006, Hancock recorded a new song with Josh Groban and Eric Mouquet (co-founder of Deep Forest), entitled "Machine". Herbie Hancock_sentence_139

It is featured on Groban's CD Awake. Herbie Hancock_sentence_140

Hancock also recorded and improvised with guitarist Loueke on Loueke's 1996 debut album Virgin Forest, on the ObliqSound label, resulting in two improvisational tracks – "Le Réveil des agneaux (The Awakening of the Lambs)" and "La Poursuite du lion (The Lion's Pursuit)". Herbie Hancock_sentence_141

Hancock, a longtime associate and friend of Mitchell, released a 2007 album, River: The Joni Letters, that paid tribute to her work, with Norah Jones and Tina Turner adding vocals to the album, as did Corinne Bailey Rae. Herbie Hancock_sentence_142

Leonard Cohen contributed a spoken piece set to Hancock's piano. Herbie Hancock_sentence_143

Mitchell herself also made an appearance. Herbie Hancock_sentence_144

The album was released on September 25, 2007, simultaneously with the release of Mitchell's newest album at that time: Shine. Herbie Hancock_sentence_145

River won the 2008 Album of the Year Grammy Award. Herbie Hancock_sentence_146

The album also won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, and the song "Both Sides Now" was nominated for Best Instrumental Jazz Solo. Herbie Hancock_sentence_147

That was only the second time in history that a jazz album had both those Grammys. Herbie Hancock_sentence_148

On June 14, 2008 Hancock performed with others at Rhythm on the Vine at the South Coast Winery in Temecula, California, for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Herbie Hancock_sentence_149

The event raised $515,000 for Shriners Hospital. Herbie Hancock_sentence_150

On January 18, 2009, Hancock performed at the We Are One concert, marking the start of inaugural celebrations for American President Barack Obama. Herbie Hancock_sentence_151

Hancock also performed Rhapsody in Blue at the 2009 Classical BRIT Awards with classical pianist Lang Lang. Herbie Hancock_sentence_152

Hancock was named as the Los Angeles Philharmonic's creative chair for jazz for 2010–12. Herbie Hancock_sentence_153

2010 to present Herbie Hancock_section_8

In June 2010, Hancock released The Imagine Project. Herbie Hancock_sentence_154

On June 5, 2010, he received an Alumni Award from his alma mater, Grinnell College. Herbie Hancock_sentence_155

On July 22, 2011, at a ceremony in Paris, he was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of Intercultural Dialogue. Herbie Hancock_sentence_156

In 2013 Hancock joined the University of California, Los Angeles faculty as a professor in the UCLA music department where he will teach jazz music. Herbie Hancock_sentence_157

In a June 2010 interview with Michael Gallant of Keyboard magazine, Hancock talks about his Fazioli giving him inspiration to do things. Herbie Hancock_sentence_158

On December 8, 2013, he was given the Kennedy Center Honors Award for achievement in the performing arts with artists like Snoop Dogg and Mixmaster Mike from the Beastie Boys performing his music. Herbie Hancock_sentence_159

He appeared on the album You're Dead by Flying Lotus, released in October 2014. Herbie Hancock_sentence_160

Hancock is the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. Herbie Hancock_sentence_161

Holders of the chair deliver a series of six lectures on poetry, "The Norton Lectures", poetry being "interpreted in the broadest sense, including all poetic expression in language, music, or fine arts." Herbie Hancock_sentence_162

Previous Norton lecturers include musicians Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky and John Cage. Herbie Hancock_sentence_163

Hancock's theme is "The Ethics of Jazz." Herbie Hancock_sentence_164

Hancock's next album is being produced by Terrace Martin, and will feature a broad variety of jazz and hip-hop artists including Wayne Shorter, Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Lionel Loueke, Zakir Hussein and Snoop Dogg. Herbie Hancock_sentence_165

On May 15, 2015, Hancock received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Herbie Hancock_sentence_166

On May 19, 2018, Hancock received an honorary degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Herbie Hancock_sentence_167

Personal life Herbie Hancock_section_9

Hancock has a 50-year-plus marriage to Gigi Hancock, who he married August 31, 1968. Herbie Hancock_sentence_168

Herbie and Gigi have a daughter, Jessica. Herbie Hancock_sentence_169

Nichiren Buddhism Herbie Hancock_section_10

Since 1972, Hancock has practiced Nichiren Buddhism as a member of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International. Herbie Hancock_sentence_170

As part of Hancock's spiritual practice, he recites the Buddhist chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo each day. Herbie Hancock_sentence_171

In 2013, Hancock's dialogue with musician Wayne Shorter and Soka Gakkai International president Daisaku Ikeda on jazz, Buddhism and life was published in Japanese and English. Herbie Hancock_sentence_172

Discography Herbie Hancock_section_11

Main article: Herbie Hancock discography Herbie Hancock_sentence_173

Studio albums Herbie Hancock_section_12

Filmography Herbie Hancock_section_13

Herbie Hancock_table_general_1

YearHerbie Hancock_header_cell_1_0_0 TitleHerbie Hancock_header_cell_1_0_1 RoleHerbie Hancock_header_cell_1_0_2 NotesHerbie Hancock_header_cell_1_0_3
1981Herbie Hancock_cell_1_1_0 Concrete CowboysHerbie Hancock_cell_1_1_1 GideonHerbie Hancock_cell_1_1_2 Episode: "The Wind Bags"Herbie Hancock_cell_1_1_3
1985Herbie Hancock_cell_1_2_0 The New Mike HammerHerbie Hancock_cell_1_2_1 HimselfHerbie Hancock_cell_1_2_2 Episode: "Firestorm"Herbie Hancock_cell_1_2_3
1986Herbie Hancock_cell_1_3_0 Round MidnightHerbie Hancock_cell_1_3_1 Eddie WayneHerbie Hancock_cell_1_3_2 Herbie Hancock_cell_1_3_3
1988Herbie Hancock_cell_1_4_0 Branford Marsalis SteepHerbie Hancock_cell_1_4_1 HimselfHerbie Hancock_cell_1_4_2 Herbie Hancock_cell_1_4_3
1993Herbie Hancock_cell_1_5_0 Indecent ProposalHerbie Hancock_cell_1_5_1 HimselfHerbie Hancock_cell_1_5_2 Herbie Hancock_cell_1_5_3
1995Herbie Hancock_cell_1_6_0 Invisible UniverseHerbie Hancock_cell_1_6_1 Poetry reader (voice)Herbie Hancock_cell_1_6_2 Video gameHerbie Hancock_cell_1_6_3
2002Herbie Hancock_cell_1_7_0 HittersHerbie Hancock_cell_1_7_1 District AttorneyHerbie Hancock_cell_1_7_2 Herbie Hancock_cell_1_7_3
2014Herbie Hancock_cell_1_8_0 Girl Meets WorldHerbie Hancock_cell_1_8_1 Catfish Willie SlimHerbie Hancock_cell_1_8_2 Episode: "Girl Meets Brother"Herbie Hancock_cell_1_8_3
2015Herbie Hancock_cell_1_9_0 Miles AheadHerbie Hancock_cell_1_9_1 HimselfHerbie Hancock_cell_1_9_2 Herbie Hancock_cell_1_9_3
2016Herbie Hancock_cell_1_10_0 River of GoldHerbie Hancock_cell_1_10_1 NarratorHerbie Hancock_cell_1_10_2 DocumentaryHerbie Hancock_cell_1_10_3
2017Herbie Hancock_cell_1_11_0 Valerian and the City of a Thousand PlanetsHerbie Hancock_cell_1_11_1 Defense MinisterHerbie Hancock_cell_1_11_2 Herbie Hancock_cell_1_11_3

Concert films Herbie Hancock_section_14

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Books Herbie Hancock_section_15

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Awards Herbie Hancock_section_16

Academy Awards Herbie Hancock_section_17

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  • 1986, Original Soundtrack, for Round MidnightHerbie Hancock_item_2_7

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  • Keyboard Readers' Poll: Best Jazz Pianist (1987, 1988); Keyboardist (1983, 1987)Herbie Hancock_item_4_22
  • Playboy Music Poll: Best Jazz Group (1985), Best Jazz Album Rockit (1985), Best Jazz Keyboards (1985, 1986), Best R&B Instrumentalist (1987), Best Jazz Instrumentalist (1988)Herbie Hancock_item_4_23
  • MTV Awards (5), Best Concept Video, "Rockit", 1983–'84Herbie Hancock_item_4_24
  • Gold Note Jazz Awards – New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, 1985Herbie Hancock_item_4_25
  • French Award Officer of the Order of Arts & Letters, 1985Herbie Hancock_item_4_26
  • BMI Film Music Award, Round Midnight, 1986Herbie Hancock_item_4_27
  • Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music, 1986Herbie Hancock_item_4_28
  • U.S. Radio Award, Best Original Music Scoring – Thom McAnn Shoes, 1986Herbie Hancock_item_4_29
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Best Score – 'Round Midnight, 1986Herbie Hancock_item_4_30
  • BMI Film Music Award, Colors, 1989Herbie Hancock_item_4_31
  • Miles Davis Award, Montreal International Jazz Festival, 1997Herbie Hancock_item_4_32
  • Soul Train Music Award, Best Jazz Album – The New Standard, 1997Herbie Hancock_item_4_33
  • VH1's 100 Greatest Videos, "Rockit" is 10th Greatest Video, 2001Herbie Hancock_item_4_34
  • NEA Jazz Masters Award, 2004Herbie Hancock_item_4_35
  • Downbeat Readers' Poll Hall of Fame, 2005Herbie Hancock_item_4_36
  • Kennedy Center Honors, 2013Herbie Hancock_item_4_37
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013Herbie Hancock_item_4_38
  • Benjamin Franklin Medal (Royal Society of Arts), 2018Herbie Hancock_item_4_39

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