Herbie Hancock Possibilities
November 2, 2014•14 min
Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music: a jazz pianist and composer whose illustrious career has spanned seven decades, fourteen Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and most recently, a Kennedy Center Honor. In his new memoir, Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, he reflects on his life and thriving career. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop. From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis’s second great quintet; from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with everyone from Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder; he now reveals the method behind his undeniable musical genius. Born in Chicago in 1940, 14-time Grammy Winner Herbie Hancock 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.