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Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (b. April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, bandleader and composer. As part of Miles Davis's "second great quintet", Hancock helped redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section, and was one of the primary architects of the "post-bop" sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk. Hancock's music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs "cross over" and achieved success among pop audiences. His music embraces elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz. In his jazz improvisation, he possesses a unique creative blend of jazz, blues, and modern classical music, with harmonic stylings much like the styles of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

Hancock's best-known solo works include "Cantaloupe Island", "Watermelon Man" (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo Santamaría), "Maiden Voyage", "Chameleon", and the singles "I Thought It Was You" and "Rockit". His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album ever to win the award after Getz/Gilberto in 1965.

As a member of Soka Gakkai, Hancock is an adherent of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Herbie Hancock, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (b. April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, bandleader and composer. As part of Miles Davis's "second great quintet", Hancock helped redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section, and was one of the primary architects of the "post-bop" sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk. Hancock's music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs "cross over" and achieved success among pop audiences. His music embraces elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz. In his jazz improvisation, he possesses a unique creative blend of jazz, blues, and modern classical music, with harmonic stylings much like the styles of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

Hancock's best-known solo works include "Cantaloupe Island", "Watermelon Man" (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo Santamaría), "Maiden Voyage", "Chameleon", and the singles "I Thought It Was You" and "Rockit". His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album ever to win the award after Getz/Gilberto in 1965.

As a member of Soka Gakkai, Hancock is an adherent of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Herbie Hancock, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 59

Birthday 1940-04-12

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Herbert Jeffrey Hancock
  • Herbert Hancock

Acting TV ShowsMovies

World of Rhythm: Live in Lugano
2019 Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
2019 Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool as Himself
2018 It Must Schwing - The Blue Note Story as himself
2017 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets as Defence Minister
2016 Jazz at the White House as Himself
2015 Kareem: Minority of One
2015 Jay Leno's Garage (1 episode) as Himself
2014 Charles Lloyd - Arrows Into Infinity as Piano
2013 Experience Montreux as Himself
2012 Lang Lang & Herbie Hancock - Live in Berlin as Himself
2011 Gustavo Dudamel and Herbie Hancock Celebrate Gershwin
2011 All-Star Jazz Show: Live From The Ed Sullivan Theater as Himself
2011 Miles Davis: Around Midnight as Piano
2011 Tribute to Miles - Jazz a Vienne as Himself
2010 Music
2010 DeJohnette, Metheny, Holland, Hancock - Parallel Realities Live as Himself
2008 Miles Davis: Kind of Blue as Himself
2008 Quincy Jones : 75th Birthday Celebration Live at Montreux as Himself
2008 Herbie Hancock - The River Of Possibilities Tour - Jazz a Vienne as Piano
2008 Quincy Jones: Breaking New Sound as Interviewee
2006 Marcus Miller - Master Of All Trades as Self
2006 Herbie Hancock: Possibilities as Himself
2005 Bobby McFerrin: Spontaneous Inventions
2004 Herbie Hancock Special
2004 Dennis Hopper: The Decisive Moments as Himself
2004 One Night with Blue Note as Himself
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show (1 episode)
2003 Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind as Himself
2002 Herbie Hancock Future2future Live as Himself
2001 Herbie Hancock: Jazz Channel as Herbie Hancock
1997 Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz as Himself
1995 Antonio Carlos Jobim: An All-Star Tribute as Piano
1995 Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar as Self
1993 Indecent Proposal as Himself
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1 episode)
1992 ECHO-Verleihung (1 episode) as himself
1991 Miles Davis - At La Villette as Himself
1990 Jazz Under the Skies
1990 Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland: Parallel Realities Live... (Live at Mellon Jazz Festival) as Keyboards
1987 Herbie Hancock At The Munich Summer Piano Festival as Himself
1986 Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis as Himself
1986 ’Round Midnight as Eddie Wayne
1984 Herbie Hancock Trio: Hurricane! as Piano
1975 Saturday Night Live (1 episode)
1973 Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (1 episode)
1972 Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest (1 episode)

Sound

2000 Traffic Music
1991 Livin' Large! Original Music Composer
1989 Harlem Nights Original Music Composer
1988 Colors Original Music Composer
1988 Action Jackson Original Music Composer
1986 ’Round Midnight Original Music Composer
1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Music
1984 A Soldier's Story Original Music Composer
1974 Death Wish Original Music Composer
1973 The Spook Who Sat by the Door Original Music Composer
1966 Blow-Up Original Music Composer
1966 Herbie Music

Writing

2004 Janet Jackson: From Janet. To Damita Jo: The Videos Musical

Directing

2001 Herbie Hancock: Jazz Channel Director

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