Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor. He started his career with Donald Byrd. He then joined the Miles Davis Quintet. Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section. He was one of the main architects of the post-bop sound. He was also one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music.
Hancock in December 2013
|Birth name||Herbert Jeffrey Hancock|
|Born||April 12, 1940|
Woodlawn, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, post-bop, fusion, jazz-funk, electro, classical|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, bandleader, record producer, arranger, actor|
|Instruments||Piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizers, workstation synthesizers, organ, clavinet, keytar, vocoder, Fairlight CMI|
|Labels||Columbia, Blue Note, Warner Bros., Verve|
|Associated acts||Clark Terry, Miles Davis Quintet, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, The Headhunters, V.S.O.P., Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell, Howard Jones|
Hancock's best-known compositions include "Watermelon Man", "Canteloupe Island" and "Chameleon". His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Hancock was born in Chicago.
- "Herbie Hancock". Film Reference. Retrieved April 3, 2017.