Herbie Hancock

Composer, Musician, Actor
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Born: 04/11/1940 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

Jaco 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Girl Meets World 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Keep On Keepin' On 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Girls in the Band 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

United Negro College Fund: An Evening of Stars 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Transcendent Man 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Herbie Hancock: Possibilities 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Prince: The Art of Musicology 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Cybermania '94: The Ultimate Gamer Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Salute to the Newport Jazz Festival 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masters 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Indecent Proposal 1993 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Miles Davis: A Tribute 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Birdland 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miles and Friends 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime Coast to Coast 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime Coast to Coast: The London Sessions 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Living Legends 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Showtime Coast to Coast: American Music 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Newport Jazz '88 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Common Future 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Neville Brothers: Tell It Like It Is 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Duke Named Ellington 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Jazz Session -- Sass & Brass 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

American Video Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Round Midnight 1986 (Movie)

Eddie Wayne (Actor)

Sun City 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Show)

Performer
Music (51)

McFarland, USA 2015 (Movie)

("Watermelon Man") (Song)

Miles Ahead 2014 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

The Heat 2013 (Movie)

("Groove Is In The Heart") (Song)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 2013 (Movie)

("Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)") (Song)

On The Shoulders of Giants 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Music

American Casino 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Marley & Me 2008 (Movie)

("Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)") (Song)

Are We Done Yet? 2007 (Movie)

("Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)") (Song)

Hot Rod 2007 (Movie)

("Rockit") (Song)

Hot Rod 2007 (Movie)

("Rockit") (Song Performer)

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 (Movie)

("Groove Is In The Heart") (Song)

License to Wed 2007 (Movie)

("Groove Is In The Heart") (Song)

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Performer

Charlie's Angels 2000 (Movie)

("Groove Is in the Heart") (Song)

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

electric piano (Performer)

Office Space 1999 (Movie)

("Come Running To Me") (Song Performer)

Office Space 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Can't Hardly Wait 1998 (Movie)

("Groove Is In the Heart (the Deee-Remix)") (Song)

Out of Sight 1998 (Movie)

("Watermelon Man") (Song)

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

("Just Around the Corner") (Song Performer)

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Partners 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Jimmy Hollywood 1994 (Movie)

("Cantaloop") (Song)

Renaissance Man 1994 (Movie)

("Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)") (Song)

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

("Cantaloop") (Song)

Koi and the Kola Nuts 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

Livin' Large 1991 (Movie)

("Livin' Large") (Song)

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Action Jackson 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Colors 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Back to the Beach 1987 (Movie)

("Wipe Out") (Song Performer)

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Round Midnight 1986 (Movie)

songs "Watermelon Man" "Chan's Song"(("Never Said") "I Love a Party") (Song)

Round Midnight 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Round Midnight 1986 (Movie)

(Music Arranger)

Fast Forward 1985 (Movie)

("Hardrock") (Song)

A Soldier's Story 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

L' Homme aux yeux d'argent 1984 (Movie)

(Performer)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

("Cantaloupe Island") (Song Performer)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

(Song)

The Bitch 1979 (Movie)

("I Thought It Was You") (Song Performer)

The Bitch 1979 (Movie)

(Song)

Sunburn 1978 (Movie)

("You Bet Your Love") (Song Performer)

Sunburn 1978 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Death Wish 1974 (Movie)

Music Performer (Performer)

Death Wish 1974 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Death Wish 1974 (Movie)

(Music)

The Spook Who Sat By the Door 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Blow-Up 1966 (Movie)

(Music)

The George McKenna Story (TV Show)

Music

Relationships

Winnie Bell Hancock

Mother

Jessica Dru Hancock

Daughter

Wayman Hancock

Father

Jean Hancock

Sister
Deceased

Gudrun Meixner

Wife

EDUCATION

Grinnell College

Grinnell , Iowa 1960
Studied engineering, but switched to music after two years; left Grinnell one course short of graduation in 1961; awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 1972

Manhattan School of Music

New York , New York 1962

Grinnell College

Grinnell , Iowa 1960
Studied engineering, but switched to music after two years; left Grinnell one course short of graduation in 1961; awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 1972

Roosevelt University

Chicago , Illinois 1960

New School for Social Research

New York , New York 1967

Milestones

2010

Earned three Grammy nominations for The Imagine Project, which features collaborations from various artists; the album was complemented by a documentary about the recording process

2007

Released the album, River: The Joni Letters, a tribute album in honor of Joni Mitchell, a longtime associate and friend of Hancock; earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year

2005

Released the duet album, Possibilities, which featured duets with Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Sting and others; the album earned two Grammy nominations

2001

Partnered with Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove to record a live concert album saluting Davis and John Coltrane called Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall

1998

Reunited with Headhunters for the album, Return of the Headhunters

1998

Achieved success with his album Gershwin's World, which featured Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Shorter

1994

Released the album, Tribute to Miles to honor his mentor Miles Davis who had died in 1991

1990

Appeared as himself in the biographical feature, "Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones"

1989

Served as music director, also featured in the Cinemax special, "The Neville Brothers: Tell It Like It Is"

1986

First TV-movie music credit, "The George McKenna Story" (CBS)

1986

Feature acting debut, also credited for music, music arrangement, and music direction, "'Round Midnight"; earned Best Original Music Score Oscar

1979

Feature debut as song performer, "The Bitch"; also received song credit for, "I Thought It Was You"

1976

Returned to earlier jazz influences and formed the acoustic group, V.S.O.P.

1974

Made TV debut with the soundtrack, "Fat Albert Rotunda" a Bill Cosby animated special

1973

Formed band and released breakthrough album of the same title, Headhunters

1970

Ceased collaborating with Davis and branched out musically to pursue fusion with Mwandishi

1966

Feature debut, scored Michelangelo Antonioni's, "Blow-Up"

1963

Worked with Miles Davis, with whom he recorded often for Blue Note Records

1963

Released first solo LP, Watermelon Man, after working with trumpeter Donald Byrd

1951

By age 11, was performing with the Chicago Symphony

1947

Began playing piano at age seven

Born and raised in Chicago, IL

Hosted the cable series "Showtime Coast to Coast"

Played jazz piano in a trio, while working towards an engineering degree at Grinnell College

Bonus Trivia

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"I always thought the tradition WAS about taking chances. Reinventing, reconstructing the material you're given. It's not like the old days when pop tunes were also considered jazz tunes. There's been a lot of distance put between them since then. But that doesn't mean anyone shouldn't try." - Herbie Hancock quoted in New york Newsday, Feb. 25, 1996

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Hancock has made guest appearances on over 100 different records by artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Simple Minds, Bonnie Raitt and Flying Lotus.

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Hancock has recorded collaborative albums with the likes of Foday Musa Soso (Village Life), Wayne Shorter (1+1) and Chick Corea (CoreaHancock)

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Hancock published his autobiography, Possibilities, in 2014.

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In 2013, Hancock joined the University of California, Los Angeles faculty as a jazz music professor in the UCLA music department, and a year later was appointed the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University.

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