Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is a true icon of modern music.
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
There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence
on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock. As the
immortal Miles Davis said in his autobiography, "Herbie was the step
after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven't heard anybody yet
who has come after him."
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. He also developed a passion for electronics and
science, and double-majored in music and electrical engineering at