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Jazz: Hancock to Receive Star on Walk of Fame

September 04, 1994

Jazz musician and composer Herbie Hancock will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.

Hancock, 54, whose many achievements include an Oscar in 1987 for his work on the " 'Round Midnight" movie soundtrack and the 1983 hit single "Rocket," began playing the piano at the age of 7 and by 11 was performing with the Chicago Symphony.

His star will be placed next to the late Thelonious Monk's, a celebrated jazz composer and pianist whom Hancock is often compared to. Jazz legend Miles Davis once said of Hancock: "See, Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven't heard anybody yet who has come after him."

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