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Herbie Hancock

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Concerts

Gustavo Dudamel leads the L.A. Philharmonic and pianist Herbie Hancock in an all-Gershwin season opener.

September 26, 2011 Hear the whole concert with superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel and guest pianist Herbie Hancock.

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November 6, 2008 Jazz legends Herbie Hancock and Dave Holland continue the strong festival tradition at Newport.

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Herbie Hancock at the Korg on stage at Newport.

August 15, 2008 One of the true public faces of jazz, the keyboard giant plays some of his greatest hits on stage.

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October 4, 2007 Herbie Hancock celebrates the school that offers musicians college-level training from the masters.

Studio Sessions

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January 31, 2014 In a program from 1987, Hancock solos on "Dolphin Dance" and then improvises with Marian McPartland.

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November 25, 2010 Hear songs from the legendary jazz pianist's ambitious new album, performed live.

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Interviews & Profiles

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December 28, 2008 Herbie Hancock's album is considered one of the defining moments in the history of jazz fusion.

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November 23, 2008 Record producers Larry Klein, John Leventhal and Steve Rodby discuss how they use studio technology.

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December 22, 2007 The jazz legend answers three questions about the worst business decisions of 2007.

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May 27, 2007 Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny describe their final collaboration with saxophonist Michael Brecker.

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September 2, 2005 The jazz piano legend's new CD features collaborations with pop vocalists old and new.

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August 30, 2005 Jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock crosses borders on his new album Possibilities.

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Discover Songs

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June 13, 2010 Hear the great jazz pianist's new album, a collection of collaborations with global superstars.

Count Basie was an early adopter of The Beatles.

September 9, 2009 As the landscape of popular music changed, jazz players found themselves interpreting the Fab Four.

Arturo O'Farrill took over the baton of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra from his father, Latin jazz pioneer Chico O'Farrill.

May 27, 2008 Arturo O'Farrill, leader of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, picks his five desert-island jazz albums.

The cover of Nefertiti

August 1, 2001 Nefertiti captures one of Miles Davis' last great bands at its height.

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The cover of Maiden Voyage

August 1, 2001 In 1965, Herbie Hancock recorded an album intended to capture the spirit and mood of the ocean.

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News

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May 26, 2008 Oliver Wang discusses music recordings the Library of Congress has decided to preserve this year.

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February 10, 2008 Amy Winehouse racked up award after award, but Herbie Hancock took home Album of the Year honors.

Reviews

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February 15, 2008 Critic Tom Moon breaks down Herbie Hancock's Grammy-winning album River: The Joni Letters.

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February 11, 2008 An unlikely Grammy winner, Herbie Hancock's tribute to Joni Mitchell is thoughtful and spontaneous.

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June 20, 2007 Pilgrimage is the posthumously issued recording from tenor sax player Michael Brecker.

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February 5, 2006 A look beyond the obvious choices at Grammy-nominated music you might not have heard.

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The cover of Nefertiti

August 1, 2001 Nefertiti captures one of Miles Davis' last great bands at its height.

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The cover of Maiden Voyage

August 1, 2001 In 1965, Herbie Hancock recorded an album intended to capture the spirit and mood of the ocean.

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The cover of Speak No Evil

August 1, 2001 This album captures the partnership of Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter during an important time.

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More Stories

Sheet music for W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues."

August 10, 2011 Hear five versions of the popular W.C. Handy song, performed by five of America's top jazz artists.

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June 17, 2010 An IM chat about the pianist's star-studded new album, a collaboration with pop and rock stars.

Birdsong

April 5, 2010 Get an ornithology lesson featuring jazz songbirds Brad Mehldau, Louis Armstrong and more.

Chick Corea of Return to Forever (300 long)

February 2, 2009 Miles Davis helped lead the way to a new direction in jazz. Hear five classic examples.

Sunset.

August 19, 2008 In the late-summer heat, it's wise to seek out a tall cool one, and these five tunes to go with it.

summer rental car

July 8, 2008 Escape the heat: Bring these five songs and crank the factory-installed stereo in your getaway car.

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December 7, 2007 Ten of the year's best jazz CDs from instrumental legends and up-and-coming vocalists.

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Head Hunters

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River: The Joni Letters

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  • Released: 2007
 

Future 2 Future

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Possibilities

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Pilgrimage

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Shake, Rattle and Polka!

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Takin' Off [RVG]

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River: The Joni Letters

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The Imagine Project

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Back to Black

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Return to You

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Feeling Good

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I Know Nothing

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Nefertiti

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Maiden Voyage

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