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Herbie Hancock

  • Our guest is jazz pianist, Herbie Hancock. Hancock began in the early ‘60s with acoustic piano jazz like Takin' Off, featuring the now famous "Watermelon Man," followed by concept albums animated by water spirits like Empyrean Isles and Maiden Voyage in 1964 and ‘65. His band included emerging jazz heroes like Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. Herbie Hancock was a classically trained child prodigy from Chicago who later majored in music and electrical engineering. He went on to play keyboards for Miles Davis on definitive recordings: Sorcerer, In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Herbie Hancock integrated electronic funk into the music and had pop success with Headhunters and the MTV hit, "Rockit." I asked the enduring composer, arranger, producer, and player how his jazz education began.
  • Jazz Fest headliner Herbie Hancock has done it all in music: he's had hit records - won multiple Grammys - played in and led legendary bands - composed…
  • Herbie Hancock is one of the world's finest pianists – and a great composer. He plays Jazz Fest with his quartet Saturday, May 5.For more information…
  • On this week's episode we'll take a look at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival from several different points of view. Plus Eve Abrams investigates…