- NAME: Herbie Hancock
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Pianist
- BIRTH DATE: April 12, 1940 (Age: 73)
- Did You Know?: Herbie Hancock's 1962 debut record, Takin' Off, was the first album on the Blue Note roster to feature all original tunes.
- Did You Know?: Herbie Hancock composed music for the animated Bill Cosby series Fat Albert and released a gorgeous, accompanying album, Fat Albert Rotunda.
- Did You Know?: Herbie Hancock's 2008 Grammy Award win for album of the year, for River: The Joni Letters, marked the first time in more than four decades that the award went to a jazz musician.
- Did You Know?: Herbie Hancock not only created a recording tribute to Joni Mitchell, he worked with the singer-songwriter on an album honoring George Gershwin.
- EDUCATION: Grinnell College, Hyde Park High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois
- Full Name: Herbert Jeffrey Hancock
- AKA: Herbert Hancock
- AKA: Herbie Hancock
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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Herbie Hancock is an award-winning jazz composer and musician with a rich, stylistically diverse canon of songs that include "Maiden Voyage" and "Rockit."
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By 2013, Herbie Hancock had won 14 Grammy Awards, including for album of the year in 2008, for his tribute to Joni Mitchell, River: The Joni Letters—marking the first time in more than four decades that the award went to a jazz musician. The album featured artists like Tina Turner,
Hancock is a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism, whose spiritual practices inform his art and philosophies. With a 34-CD Columbia Records box set released in the fall of 2013, Hancock was scheduled to give lectures at Harvard University in 2014 as part of its Charles Eliot Norton Professorship in Poetry series.
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