2015, New Orleans
CNS Michael L.J. Apuzzo Lecturer on Creativity and Innovation
Sunday, September 27
General Scientific Session I
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 1970s 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 bandmates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.
Hancock has received an Academy Award for his Round Midnight film score and has won 14 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters. His recently released globally collaborative CD, The Imagine Project, received two 2011 Grammy Awards. 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.