Herbert Jeffrey “Herbie” Hancock born on April 12, 1940 in CHICAGO, Illinois is an
American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor.
Starting his career with Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter,
the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the
role of a Jazz rhythm section.
Through his many compositions, HERBIE HANCOCK was one of
the primary architects of the post-bop sound. He was also one of
the first Jazz musicians to embrace polyphonic synthesizers and
include danceable funk Music in his new approaches.
Hancock’s music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many
songs “cross over” and achieved success among Pop audiences,
specially, when he recorded – The New Standards, an album
which included Songs composed by Paul Simon, Baby Face,
Prince, SADE and The Beatles.
Years after, THE IMAGINE PROJECT in 2010 featured
musicians from the whole world.
Hancock’s best-known compositions include “Cantaloupe Island“,
originally a Hip-Hop Song,
“Watermelon Man” a funky chachacha, performed by
hundreds of musicians, after Cuban-American percussionist and
bandleader Ramon “Mongo” Santamaría reached the Billboard
charts twice, for several weeks.
“Dolphin Dance”, “Butterfly“, “Eye of the hurricane“, “Speak
like a child“, and the singles “I Thought It Was You” and
“Rockit” – in sum, count hundreds of versions worldwide.
only the second Jazz album ever to win the award, after
Getz/Gilberto Brazilian-American collaborations in 1965.
In his search, HERBIE HANCOCK has always taken us on a
From his tenure with Donald Bird and Miles Davis, his work as a
sideman and his own recordings, HANCOCK has explored and
excelled in a multitude of musical settings.
Last but not least, I’d like to mention his Duo recordings with
Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias.
The Westchester Jazz Orchestra in their MAIDEN VOYAGE
SUITE were inspired by Herbie Hancock’s enduring composition
Maiden Voyage in 2011.
About HERBIE HANCOCK’s music, WBGO Jazz DJ Gary
Walker wrote :
“Herbie Hancock is a treasure, his compositions and influence
gleaming from the Blue Note Label days, are embraced by
younger players taking their turn today. HERBIE’S 1965 concept
album MAIDEN VOYAGE is the focus on the Westchester Jazz
In HANCOCK’S own words, “The sea has often stirred the
imagination of creative minds in all spheres of ART.
There still exists an element of mystery which surrounds the sea
and the living aquatic creatures which provide it with its vital
There is a lot to say about HERBIE HANCOCK as a pedagogue,
as a JAZZ educator, as the President of The International Day of
JAZZ, which is a massive and worldwide celebration.
On Friday April 30th, HAVANA – the capital of the island nation
of CUBA will provide the jubilee – sponsored by The Thelonious
Monk Institute and UNESCO.
The vessels there, will be HERBIE HANCOCK and CHUCHO
VALDES, with hundreds of years experience aboard the good Jazz
From our radio show, THE CUBAN BRIDGE at WWPV 92.5 FM
“The Mike”, we will respond with remarkable interpretations of
Instrumental Jazz and gorgeous songs.
In our opening, 4 pieces written by Joe Zawinul, Chucho Valdes,
Herbie Hancock, Wayne Wallace and Sam Cooke.
I humbly hope, that when our Collection of Songs begin to
blossom, there will be so many ears to greet them.
Now, is your time to enjoy. As always, thank you very much for