Herbie Hancock

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Herbie Hancock
  • Birth Name: Herbert Jeffrey Hancock
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/12/1940, Aries
  • Profession: Jazz pianist; composer
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Herbie Hancock 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.
  • Herbie Hancock Relationships:
  • Winnie Belle Griffin Hancock - Mother
  • Jean Hancock - Sister
  • Waymon Edward Hancock - Father
  • Jessica Dru Hancock - Daughter
  • Gudrun Meixner - Wife
  • Herbie Hancock Awards:
  • 2007 Grammy: Best Contemporary Jazz Album - Winner
  • 1998 Grammy: Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) - Winner
  • 1986 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Score) - Winner
  • 1987 Grammy: Best Instrumental Composition - Winner
  • 2002 Grammy: Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group - Winner
  • 1983 Grammy: Best R&B Instrumental Performance - Winner
  • 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
  • 1996 Grammy: Best Instrumental Composition - Winner
  • 2002 Grammy: Best Jazz Instrumental Solo - Winner
  • 1987 Golden Globe: Best Original Score - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2004 Grammy: Best Jazz Instrumental Solo - Winner
  • 1986 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Score for a Film - Nominee
  • 2010 Grammy: Best Improvised Jazz Solo - Winner
  • 2010 Grammy: Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals - Winner
  • College:
  • Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA (BA, 1960)

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