September 4, 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.
April 14, 2006 |
Last year, the venerated jazz pianist Herbie Hancock released "Possibilities," an album of eclectic, headline-grabbing collaborations with artists like Christina Aguilera and John Mayer that was quickly forgotten by anyone who doesn't buy their music at Starbucks. To help us remember, directors Doug Biro and Jon Fine have cut together "Herbie Hancock: Possibilities," a documentary about the studio sessions that feels more like a behind-the-scenes CD promo than a fully realized film.
May 15, 2008 |
Despite a star-studded show featuring dynamic performances from Herbie Hancock, Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 and beat-boxer/old-school rapper Doug E. Fresh, arguably the best moment of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz's BeBop to Hip-Hop's hourlong program occurred before the concert even began.
February 23, 2003 |
There's quality across the board in this year's jazz nominations, with anyone-can-win races in nearly every category. Best Contemporary Album: Pat Metheny's "Speaking of Now" seems the probable winner, but Joe Zawinul's eclectic "Faces & Places" is the most musically compelling entry. Best Vocal Album: The likely winner is Natalie Cole's "Ask a Woman Who Knows" or Diana Krall's "Live in Paris," with Cole having the edge.
February 24, 2003 |
Form won out in the jazz honors at the 45th annual Grammy Awards. But it's not surprising that the winners are all well-established artists, given that so few unfamiliar faces made it into the nominations. And because the nominations were crowded with major artists, there's little to quibble about in the ultimate choices. Pat Metheny is a worthy winner in the contemporary field. The same is true with Herbie Hancock as the best instrumental soloist.
August 15, 1996 |
Greenwich Village was unusually quiet during the Thanksgiving weekend of 1993, except for the knot of people gathered each night outside the fabled Blue Note jazz club. Inside, the place was crammed with local fans and musicians; each had been willing to pay the stiff $46 cover (plus a two-drink minimum) to hear pianist Herbie Hancock's new acoustic trio. The gig marked a new direction for Hancock, a musician who frequently pursues multiple directions at once.
October 13, 2001 |
Herbie Hancock is revisiting the Miles Davis musical gold mine again, this time via "Directions in Music," a celebration of the 75th anniversaries of the births of Davis and John Coltrane. Obviously, it is familiar territory. Hancock was a member of Davis' seminal quintet of the '60s, and he has continued his Davis-related pursuits with the various incarnations of the group V.S.O.P. and the Miles Davis Tribute Band.
May 3, 2004 |
Herbie Hancock and the music of George Gershwin make an intriguing combination -- at least in theory. Hancock is a classically trained pianist-composer, as was Gershwin. Hancock's playing and composing invest jazz with the craft and precision of classical music. Gershwin played jazz impromptus at every opportunity, and was the first composer to bring the full panoply of jazz and blues to classical music.