Herbie HancockSunday, October 6, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
Herbie Hancock - piano/keys
James Genus - bass
Vinnie Colaiuta - drums
Lionel Loueke - guitar
Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every jazz movement since the 1960s. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, he became one of the pioneers of the avant garde sound. His recordings during the '70s combined electric jazz with funk and rock sounds in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. "Rockit" and "Future Shock" marked Hancock's foray into electronic dance music and included several chart-topping hits; during the same period he continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis band mates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. For his Amherst appearance he’ll perform with a quartet, musicians to be announced.
Hancock has received an Academy Award for his Round Midnight film score and 14 Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year for "River: The Joni Letters" and two 2011 Grammy Awards for his recently released globally collaborative CD, "The Imagine Project." Many of his compositions, including "Cantaloupe Island," "Maiden Voyage," "Watermelon Man," and "Chameleon," are modern standards that have had a profound effect on all styles of modern music.
LET US CELEBRATE YOU! Join us for a free pre-show party on the plaza with appetizers, live entertainment and cash bar. Tent opens at 6 p.m.