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There are artists in this world who have devoted their whole lives for music, and at the end of the day they really deserve to be the masters of their art, like Herbie Hancock. Playing piano and composing great tunes for more than half a century, he is undoubtedly the best! Chicago, Illinois based American composer, band leader and pianist Herbert Jeffrey Herbie Hancock was born on April 12, 1940. At an early age of seven years, he started learning and playing classic piano tunes. One of his significant early public performances was playing first movement of Piano Concerto No. 5 by Mozart at Chicago Symphony when he was eleven years old.
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Hancock joined Chris Anderson as a student in 1960 after listening to him just for once as he was so impressed with his talent, and often refers to him as harmonic guru. He completed his initial education first from Grinnell College and then from Roosevelt University. He also remained a student of Donald Byrd and Coleman Hawkins during that time, and it was Byrd who suggested Hancock to go to Vittorio Giannini for learning composition. Before releasing his first album titled Takin’ Off in 1962, he had already gained some recognition as a good pianist after playing with Phil Woods and Oliver Nelson. It was after listening to Takin’ Off that Miles Davis, a musician who was organizing a new band at that time, contacted Hancock and requested him to join the band. Miles Davis considered Hancock as one of the very promising new artists, and after recognizing his potential encouraged him to work with his band. Davis also formed Rhtythm Section, in which he included Ron Carter on bass, Tony Williams on drums and Hancock played piano. The purpose was to promote young talent and give them opportunities to express and polish their god gifted capabilities. At that time Herbie Hancock had signed Blue Note label and was already making music for them.
The music created by Hancock is generally classified as Jazz, hard bop, bebop, jazz funk, jazz fusion, funk, R & B, classical, electro funk and post bop. He has mastered in playing instruments including organ, synthesizer, piano, keytar, piano and vocoder. It is often said that Hancock was one of the pioneers and first designers of post bop music. When he started playing synthesizers, there was no trend of its use in jazz music, but after Hancock’s work where he combined synthesizers in Jazz music, there were new horizons opened for the upcoming musicians. Often playing unconventional music, his fame is not limited to classical music fans and often pop music lovers enjoy listening to him for his unorthodox sound and catchy tunes. Critics often compare his work with that of legends like Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, as there are many songs that he composed that cannot be classified into jazz alone. He believes good music does not follow boundaries of genres, and his improvisation of jazz tunes with elements from funk and blues give it a different and unique beauty.
Some of the most renowned albums by Herbie Hancock include Watermelon Man, Cantaloupe Island, Chameleon, Maiden Voyage and the tribute album River: The Joni Letters. Watermelon Man was also performed by many famous musicians later, including Mongo Santamaria. Ever since his talent came to be recognized by the world, critics have always acknowledged him and his awards provide us the evidence for it. Herbie Hancock won Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2008 for River: The Joni Letters, and other notable awards include Academy Award in 1986, about 12 other Grammys, Playboy Music Poll Awards, Keyboard Magazine User Poll Awards, MTV Awards, BMI Film Music Awards, Gold Note Jazz Awards and NEA Jazz Masters Award. With an artist on stage who is recognized as one of the best in his field, Herbie Hancock tickets promise music lovers an unparalleled entertainment and a great evening.