Herbert Jeffrey Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer, and actor. Hancock started his career with Donald Byrd. He shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet, where he helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. In the 1970s, Hancock experimented with jazz fusion, funk, and electro styles. Hancock's best-known compositions include the jazz standards "Cantaloupe Island", "Watermelon Man", "Maiden Voyage", and "Chameleon", as well as the hit singles "I Thought It Was You" and "Rockit". His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965. Since 2012, Hancock has served as a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he teaches at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He is also the chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.
|Birth name||Herbert Jeffrey Hancock|
|Born||April 12, 1940, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Genres||Jazz, post-bop, modal jazz, fusion, jazz-funk, electro, classical|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, composer, DJ, bandleader, record producer, arranger, actor|
|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|
Jazz artist whose time with Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet changed how people saw the rhythm section. He developed post-bop.
He was a child prodigy and performed Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 5 at age 11 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
His solo pieces Cantaloupe Island and Watermelon Man garnered him much acclaim, and his 1964 album Empyrean Isles and his 1965 album Maiden Voyage were held to be among the 1960s' most influential jazz LPs.
He married Gudrun Mexines on August 31, 1968, with whom he fathered one child.
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