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Herbie Hancock
Herbie (* 1940 in Chicago, IL) is a jazz pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, and composer. Herbie started with a classical music education. He studied from age seven, and his talent was recognized early. Through his teens, Hancock never had a jazz teacher; however, he developed his ear and sense of harmony. He graduated from Grinnell College in 1960 with degrees in electrical engineering and music. He then moved to Chicago.
 
Herbie started his career with trumpeter Donald Byrd's group. 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. In the 1970s, Hancock experimented with jazz fusion, funk, and electro styles, utilizing a wide array of synthesizers and electronics. It was during this period that he released perhaps his best-known and most influential album, Head Hunters.
 
Herbie's best-known compositions include "Cantaloupe Island", "Watermelon Man", "Maiden Voyage" and "Chameleon", all of which are jazz standards. During the 1980s, he enjoyed a hit single with the electronic instrumental "Rockit", a collaboration with bassist/producer Bill Laswell. His 2007 Joni Mitchell 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.
 
Since 2012, Herbie has served as a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he teaches at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He is also the chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz (formerly known as the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz until 2019). In 2015, Herbie received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
 
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Discography
Soul Flutes - Trust In Me
CTI Records SP-3009
released 1968
recorded February and March 1968 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Herbie Mann, flute (not confirmed)
Hubert Laws, flute (not confirmed)
George Marge, flute
Joel Kaye, flute
Romeo Penque, flute
Stan Webb, flute
Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar
Eric Gale, guitar
Paul Griffin, organ
Herbie Hancock, piano, organ, harpsichord
Henry Watts, vibes, marimba
Ron Carter, bass
Grady Tate, drums
The Other Side of Abbey Road
A&M Records SP-3028
released 1970
recorded October/November 1969 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
George Benson, guitar
Sonny Fortune, alto sax
Jerome Richardson, tenor sax
Don Ashworth, baritone sax
Wayne Andre, trombone, euphonium
Mel Davis, trumpet, flugelhorn
Bernie Glow, trumpet, flugelhorn
Marvin Stamm, trumpet, flugelhorn
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Phil Bochner, flute, oboe
Hubert Laws, flute
Jerome Richardson, flute
Herbie Hancock, piano, organ, harpsichord
Ernie Hayes, piano, organ, harpsichord
Bob James, piano, organ, harpsichord
Raoul Poliakin, violin
Max Pollikoff, violin
Emmanuel Vardi, viola
George Ricci, cello
Ron Carter, bass
Gary Jemmott, bass
Idris Muhammed, drums
Ed Shaugnessy, drums
Ray Barretto, percussion
Andy Gonzalez, percussion
A Tribute To Jack Johnson
Columbia KC 30455
released 1971

Miles Davis, trumpet
Steve Grossman, soprano sax
John McLaughlin, guitar
Herbie Hancock, keyboards, organ
Michael Henderson, bass
Billy Cobham, drums
The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions
Columbia C5K 86359
recorded November 1969 through June 1970 in New York City/USA
Miles Davis, trumpet
Steve Grossman, soprano sax
Wayne Shorter, soprano sax
Bennie Maupin, bass clarinet
John McLaughlin, guitar
Sonny Sharrock, guitar
Chick Corea, organ, piano
Herbie Hancock, organ, piano
Keith Jarrett, piano
Ron Carter, bass
Michael Henderson, bass
Dave Holland, bass
Gene Perla, bass
Billy Cobham, drums
Jack DeJohnette, drums
Hermeto Pascoal, drums, vocals
Lenny White, drums
Airto Moreira, percussion
The Complete On The Corner Sessions
Columbia C6K 06239
compilation, recorded March 1972 through May 1975
Miles Davis, trumpet, organ, piano
Carlos Garnett, sopranino, soprano sax, tenor sax
Sonny Fortune, soprano sax, flute
David Liebman, soprano sax, tenor sax, flute
John Stubblefield, soprano sax
Bennie Maupin, flute, bass clarinet
Pete Cosey, guitar, drums
David Creamer, guitar
Dominique Gaumont, guitar
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Dominique Gaumont, guitar
Reggie Lucas, guitar
John McLaughlin, guitar
Chick Corea, synthesizer
Herbie Hancock, organ, piano, synthesizer
Cedric Lawson, organ, piano
Harold "Ivory" Williams, organ, piano
Lonnie Liston Smith, piano
Khalil Balakrishna, sitar
Collin Walcott, sitar
Wally Chambers, harmonica
Michael Henderson, bass
Jack DeJohnette, drums
Al Foster, drums
Billy Hart, drums, percussion
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, drums
Don Alias, percussion, African percussion, congas
James Mtume, percussion, African percussion
Badal Roy, tabla

 
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