Fast Facts

  • Trained in classical music, he performed excerpts from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 5 in D at a Chicago Symphony young-people's concert at age 11; formed a jazz ensemble in high school.
  • After college, joined trumpeter Donald Byrd's band; played with the Miles Davis Quintet from 1963 to 1968.
  • His 1973 funk release Headhunters was the first jazz album to go platinum.
  • The video for his Grammy-winning 1983 hit "Rockit" won five awards at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards show in 1984.
  • Won a National Endowment for the Arts "Jazz Master" award in 2004.
  • Named the Creative Chair for Jazz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2010.
  • Became an honorary UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 2011.
  • Is a Buddhist.

Awards

  • 1984, Grammy — Best R&B Instrumental Performance: Winner
  • 1994, Grammy — Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group: Winner
  • 1998, Grammy — Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group: Winner
  • 2007, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): Winner
  • 1996, Grammy — Best Instrumental Composition: Winner
  • 2010, Grammy — Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
  • 2007, Grammy — Best Contemporary Jazz Album: Winner
  • 1986, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Score for a Film: Nominee
  • 2010, Grammy — Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Winner
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  • 1998, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Winner
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2004, Grammy — Best Jazz Instrumental Solo: Winner
  • 1983, Grammy — Best R&B Instrumental Performance: Winner
  • 1987, Grammy — Best Instrumental Composition: Winner
  • 2002, Grammy — Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: Winner
  • 2002, Grammy — Best Jazz Instrumental Solo: Winner

Relationships

  • Waymon Edward Hancock — Father
  • Jessica Dru Hancock — Daughter
  • Gudrun Meixner — Wife
  • Winnie Belle Griffin Hancock — Mother
  • Jean Hancock — Sister

College

  • Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA (BA, 1960)

Details

  • Birth Name: Herbert Jeffrey Hancock
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Birthday: April 12, 1940, Aries
  • Profession: Jazz pianist, Composer
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