Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock
Los Angeles Times


Herbie Hancock
Music: North side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Composer | Jazz Musician | Musician
Born April 12, 1940 in Chicago, Ill.

Pianist-composer Herbie Hancock played a key role in the evolution of jazz-rock, bringing electronic sounds and an experimental sensibility to the field while maintaining his stature as a creative acoustic pianist. Hancock was a child prodigy, taking up piano at age 7 and playing Mozart with the Chicago Symphony at 11. He released his first album and joined Donald Byrd's group in 1961, and two years later began a memorable five-year term with Miles Davis, during which he began using electric piano. Post-Davis, he moved farther into electronic-spiked fusions with such albums as “Head Hunters” and
the 1983 hit single “Rockit,” and continued the film scoring he had begin with Antonioni's “Blow-Up” in 1966. His 2007 collection of interpretations of Joni Mitchell songs, “River: The Joni Letters,” won the Grammy for album of the year.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1986 Best Original Score 'Round Midnight Win

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