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Herbie Hancock
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Hancock in December 2013
Background information
Birth name Herbert Jeffrey Hancock
Born (1940-04-12) April 12, 1940 (age 81)
Woodlawn, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Jazz, post-bop, fusion, jazz-funk, electro, classical
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, bandleader, record producer, arranger, actor
Instruments Piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizers, workstation synthesizers, organ, clavinet, keytar, vocoder, Fairlight CMI
Years active 1961–present
Labels Columbia, Blue Note, Warner Bros., Verve
Associated acts Clark Terry, Miles Davis Quintet, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, The Headhunters, V.S.O.P., Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell, Howard Jones

Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor. He started his career with Donald Byrd. He then joined the Miles Davis Quintet. Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section. He was one of the main architects of the post-bop sound. He was also one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music.

Hancock's best-known compositions include "Watermelon Man", "Canteloupe Island" and "Chameleon". His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Hancock was born in Chicago.

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