13 Feb 2024

Music feature: Herbie Hancock

From Afternoons, 2:30 pm on 13 February 2024

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Today for our Tuesday music feature we're celebrating one of the greatest names in jazz, Herbie Hancock.

The pianist and composer emerged in the 1960s playing in Miles Davis's quintet.

Later, as a bandleader, he would become a pioneer of jazz fusion - crossing over into genres like funk, hip-hop, and electronic music.

With that he also managed to find mainstream success with hits like 'Watermelon Man' and 'Chameleon', both from his 1973 album 'Head Hunters' - which stands as the third-highest selling jazz album ever.

To take us through Herbie's music today we're joined by Wellington musician Dan Hayles.

Herbie Hancock in 2017.

Herbie Hancock in 2017. Photo: AFP / FILE