Today, Sunday April 16 in The Cuban Bridge on the radio

Herbert JeffreyHerbieHancock   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,

joined

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.

Maiden Voyage“, “Chameleon“, “Come running to me”,

“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.

His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Michell Letters won the

2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year,

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

wonderful journey.

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

Orchestra Masterpiece“.

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

essence”.

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

cruiser.

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

having us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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