Herbie Hancock, Gustoavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Celebrate Gershwin 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)
Winnie Bell Hancock
Jessica Dru Hancock
Manhattan School of Music
New School for Social Research
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
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
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
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
Reunited with Headhunters for the album, Return of the Headhunters
Achieved success with his album Gershwin's World, which featured Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Shorter
Released the album, Tribute to Miles to honor his mentor Miles Davis who had died in 1991
Appeared as himself in the biographical feature, "Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones"
Served as music director, also featured in the Cinemax special, "The Neville Brothers: Tell It Like It Is"
First TV-movie music credit, "The George McKenna Story" (CBS)
Feature acting debut, also credited for music, music arrangement, and music direction, "'Round Midnight"; earned Best Original Music Score Oscar
Feature debut as song performer, "The Bitch"; also received song credit for, "I Thought It Was You"
Returned to earlier jazz influences and formed the acoustic group, V.S.O.P.
Made TV debut with the soundtrack, "Fat Albert Rotunda" a Bill Cosby animated special
Formed band and released breakthrough album of the same title, Headhunters
Ceased collaborating with Davis and branched out musically to pursue fusion with Mwandishi
Feature debut, scored Michelangelo Antonioni's, "Blow-Up"
Worked with Miles Davis, with whom he recorded often for Blue Note Records
Released first solo LP, Watermelon Man, after working with trumpeter Donald Byrd
By age 11, was performing with the Chicago Symphony
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
"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
Hancock has made guest appearances on over 100 different records by artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Simple Minds, Bonnie Raitt and Flying Lotus.
Hancock has recorded collaborative albums with the likes of Foday Musa Soso (Village Life), Wayne Shorter (1+1) and Chick Corea (CoreaHancock)
Hancock published his autobiography, Possibilities, in 2014.