14-time Grammy® Award Winner
Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, he has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960s. His career has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. In honor of his work, Herbie Hancock was bestowed in 2016 with the Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award.
Herbie Hancock is currently in the studio at work on a new album.Buy Tickets
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Program to be announced from the stage.
Herbie Hancock, keyboards
Vinnie Colaiuta, drums
James Genus, bass
Lionel Loueke, guitar
Terrace Martin, keys/sax
Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. With an illustrious career spanning five decades and 14 Grammy® Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters, he continues to amaze audiences across the globe.
There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock. As the immortal Miles Davis said in his autobiography, "Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven't heard anybody yet who has come after him."
Born in Chicago in 1940, Herbie was a child piano prodigy who performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. He began playing jazz in high school, initially influenced by Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans. He also developed a passion for electronics and science, and double-majored in music and electrical engineering at Grinnell College.
In 1960, Herbie was discovered by trumpeter Donald Byrd. After two years of session work with Byrd as well as Phil Woods and Oliver Nelson, he signed with Blue Note as a solo artist. His 1963 debut album, 'Takin' Off', was an immediate success, producing the hit 'Watermelon Man'.
In 1963, Miles Davis invited Herbie to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie and his colleagues Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Ron Carter (bass), and Tony Williams (drums) recorded many classics, including 'ESP', 'Nefertiti' and 'Sorcerer'. Later on, Herbie made appearances on Davis' groundbreaking 'In a Silent Way' and 'Bitches Brew', which heralded the birth of jazz-fusion.
Herbie's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including 'Maiden Voyage', 'Empyrean Isles', and 'Speak Like a Child'. He composed the score to Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 film 'Blow Up', which led to a successful career in feature film and television music.
Herbie Hancock last performed with La Jolla Music Society in the Jazz Series on March 20, 2015.
For more information visit www.herbiehancock.com
Restaurant Night @ Royal India
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Join fellow music lovers for an elegant dinner at Royal India prior to Herbie Hancock’s performance.
329 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $50/person (all inclusive, tax, gratuity, and parking at 225 Broadway)
Please contact Rewa Colette Soltan at RSoltan@ljms.org or 858.459.3724, ext. 206 to reserve your seat.