11/24/13: Herbie Hancock is set to receive a very rare honor. The famed musician is among an esteemed group set to receive this year's Kennedy Center Honors, considered the nation's highest honor for those who influence American culture through the arts.
Along with actress Shirley MacLaine, and musicians Billy Joel, Carlos Santana and Martina Arroyo, Hancock was officially announced as an honoree back in September. In early December, President Barack Obama will host the recipients at the White House, and Secretary of State John Kerry will host a dinner for them at the State Department. Top entertainers will then salute the honorees in a gala performance on December 8. The event will be broadcast on CB on December 29. Hancock, now 73, told various media outlets he is "overwhelmed" to join the ranks of honorees. The musical prodigy was hailed for playing with the Chicago Symphony by age 11, joining the Miles Davis Quintet and ultimately collaborating with the likes of Annie Lennox, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera and others.
The achievement comes at the close of a busy year for Hancock. He had a world tour that has taken him from South America to Japan, and most recently visited Nagoya, Hiroshima, Hyogo and Tokyo during the first week of November. He was joined on the trek by James Genus on bass and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums.
The following week, "Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-88" was released as a 34 CD-box set. Packaged with a removable lid, the 'chest' features 28 single albums and three double-CD albums. Each album is packaged in a mini-LP CD cardboard replica of the original jacket, with original artwork including gatefold jackets where available.
Herbie Hancock grew up in Chicago, Illinois and started studying music at a young age. He released his first solo album, Takin' Off, in 1972. Hancock is a pianist, bandleader, and composer of jazz music. He played a big role in creating the post-bop sound and was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk. Hancock won his first Grammy in 1984 for Best R&B; Instrumental Performance for his song Rockit. He has gone on to win more than 12 Grammy's including Best Improvised Jazz Solo in 2011 for his song A Change is Gonna Come. Herbie Hancock Tickets are a rarity so be sure to pick yours up.
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