27 May 2015

Marty Duda's artist of the week: Herbie Hancock

From Nine To Noon, 11:06 am on 27 May 2015

Herbie Hancock has helped reinvent what people consider to be jazz music, not once, but several times. He started out with a bang in the early 1960s with the hit Watermelon Man, from his debut album. He then joined Miles Davis and became an integral member of what was to become one of the most important jazz ensembles ever put together. Herbie's 1973 album 'Headhunters' was one of the first jazz-fusion albums, inserting a big dollop of funk into the mix. In 1983, his video for Rockit became an MTV hit and mixed hip-hop with funk and jazz. More recently Herbie Hancock became only the second jazz artist to win the Grammy for Album Of The Year when his 'River: The Joni Letters', a tribute to the music of Joni Mitchell, won in 2008. Herbie Hancock will perform in Auckland at The Civic Theatre along with jazz great Chick Corea this Saturday.