Legendary Musician And Composer Herbie Hancock Comes To NJPAC This September

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music, and throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice.

By: Apr. 02, 2024
Legendary Musician And Composer Herbie Hancock Comes To NJPAC This September
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The incomparable Herbie Hancock will perform at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Sunday, September 29th, at 7 PM.

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music, and throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice.

With an illustrious career spanning five decades and 14 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters, he continues to amaze audiences across the globe.

Born in Chicago in 1940, Herbie 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. In 1960, trumpeter Donald Byrd discovered Herbie. After two years of session work with Byrd, Phil Woods, and Oliver Nelson, he signed with Blue Note as a solo artist.

His 1963 debut album, Takin' Off, was an immediate success, producing the hit “Watermelon Man.” In 1963, Miles Davis invited Herbie to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie and his colleagues Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Ron Carter (bass), and Tony Williams (drums) recorded many classics, including ‘ESP,' ‘Nefertiti' and ‘Sorcerer.' Later, Herbie appeared in Davis' groundbreaking ‘In a Silent Way.' After leaving Davis, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973, recorded ‘Head Hunters.' With its crossover hit single “Chameleon,” it became the first jazz album to go platinum. By mid-decade, Herbie was playing for stadium-sized crowds worldwide and had no fewer than four albums in the pop charts at once.

1983 a new pull to the alternative side led Herbie to collaborate with Bill Laswell. The first, ‘Future Shock,' again struck platinum, and the single “Rockit” rocked the dance and R&B charts, winning a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental. The legendary Headhunters reunited in 1998, recording an album for Herbie's Verve-distributed imprint and touring with the Dave Matthews Band.

In 2010, Hancock released the critically acclaimed CD, ‘Herbie Hancock's The Imagine Project,' winner of two 20ll Grammy Awards for Best Pop Collaboration and Best Improvised Jazz Solo. Herbie Hancock also maintains a thriving career outside the performing stage and recording studio. Recently named by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Creative Chair For Jazz, he currently serves as Institute Chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, the foremost international organization devoted to developing jazz performance and education worldwide. Hancock is also a founder of The International Committee of Artists for Peace and was awarded the much esteemed “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres” by French Prime Minister Francois Fillon.

Herbie Hancock, a renowned musician and Nobel Professor Of Poetry at Harvard University, received a prestigious Kennedy Center Honor and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets

Tickets to see Herbie Hancock go on-sale Friday, April 5 at 10am and can be purchased by visiting NJPAC.org or calling 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or by visiting the NJPAC Box Office.




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