NPR logo

Not My Job: Herbie Hancock

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/17537328/17537314" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Not My Job: Herbie Hancock

Not My Job: Herbie Hancock

Not My Job: Herbie Hancock

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/17537328/17537314" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Herbie Hancock performs in Paris in September 2007. Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

Few careers in jazz have been longer or more successful than that of pianist Herbie Hancock.

Hancock played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11 and cut his first jazz album as a leader in 1962. Earlier this year, he released River: The Joni Letters, which was recently nominated for the Grammy Awards' Album of the Year.

Hancock plays a game called "And That's Why I Earn the Big Bucks": three questions about the worst business decisions of 2007, from an article in Fortune magazine.

Along the way, he talks with host Peter Sagal about his practice habits, his commercial hits and his surprising nomination for the sexiest instrument.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.