Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

Few jazz artists have achieved the degree of crossover success enjoyed by legendary post-bop luminary Herbie Hancock. Beginning with 1973's seminal Headhunters, Hancock unleashed some of the most innovative and accessible jazz funk of his generation, and he continues to innovate both in the studio and on stage. As one of jazz's most beloved living legends, the opportunity to see Hancock is the stuff of fan dreams, making his 2014 appearance at the Hollywood Bowl one of the most coveted concert events of the summer.BACKGROUND SNAPSHOT:Born in Chicago, Hancock was recognized as a child prodigy from an early age, recei.

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Fan Reviews

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milesfanfirst
The show with the other musicians playing their hearts out along with Herbie was nothing short of amazing! However, in my humble opinion along with my fiance, an amazing singer in her own right, felt the show was too much improvisation, fusion and synthesizer for our taste. We feel Herbie should have spread himself out a bit more with some of the music from his past, more melodic, more jazz, more funk, more for the older generation as the audience consisted of all age groups from 16-80, just more variety next time.
Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA - Fri, Aug 7, 2009
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VeryOldDad
Excellent artists and excellent venue came together. These guys really love playing together and it shows in the high quality of their performance. Herbie is still at the top of his game.
Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA - Fri, Aug 7, 2009
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IstLove
Integrating old school with new school. Sharing the stage with his band. Still gives a great show, Sound Board great venue also.
Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA - Fri, Aug 7, 2009
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blondeinla
Spectacular night at the Hollywood Bowl. Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang dueling it out on the pianos was unforgettable. And the LA philharmonic is outstanding. This is part of what living in Los Angeles is all about. Would highly recommend that everyone experience the Bowl. Brought my 15 year old daughter and 10 year old son as well. Thought they would be bored but they loved it.
Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA - Fri, Aug 7, 2009
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losangelestraveler
herbie hancock and lang lang both delivered expert performances, but spent a little too much time showboating. rhapsody in blue was an incredible song to finish with, but did they really need 10 solos each in between interludes?
Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA - Fri, Aug 7, 2009
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annelie
This concert was the best piano performance I have heard in a long time! Both are extremely talented, brilliant artists. I enjoyed every minute and thanks for the encore!
Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA - Fri, Aug 7, 2009
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langlangbigfan
the overall is good. it's my first time to enjoy a rather classical music in Hollywood bowl. the sounding is not that good because it's outdoor. the LA Phil was awesome and herbie and lang lang are I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E. they both had solo and i like them, they tried playing chinese tunes mixed with jazz bu i think they are better when they played individually. they also played some improvisation and I LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! looking forward to lang lang's recital in walt disney hall in Nov.
Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA - Fri, Aug 7, 2009
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hhkk
Two outstanding musicians along with the LA Phil - just incredible. Add the sound and atmosphere of the bowl, whatever picnic you choose, and you have the ingredients for a great summer evening.
Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA - Fri, Aug 7, 2009
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ChamberBaso
I had a general idea of what this recitial was going to be like, but it exceeded my expectations. I liked the mix of Jazz and Chinese music that the two played, but what awed me the most was undoubtly Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". It is such an amazing piece, and I thought the two played it wonderfully. Overall, this event was a lot of fun, and for those who can still come tonight, I recommend it!
Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA - Fri, Aug 7, 2009
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KingTaco
Herbie was amazing, Lang Lang was amazing, and when they combined with the L.A. Phil they were...amazing.
Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA - Fri, Aug 7, 2009
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DingoDog
Talent personified!! Lang Lang' style and showmanship easily stood up to Herbie's. The solo mini-set done by Herbie dragged a bit but Lang Lang's was gorgeous and clearly connected with the audience. Herbie would have done well to perform a selection of his more recognized material - he did Cantaloop but just as a theme in and out of his other selections. The second half of the show was clearly the best half - Rhapsody in Blue with Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock at dueling pianos! Fantastic! The encore was again a bit of duelingpianos without the orchestra but still entertaining.
Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
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CultureClash
Good! Quite modern. Would have liked more variety. Gershwin heavy. Spectacular Pianists.
Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
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Frida
Nothing says summer in LA like a night at the Hollywood Bowl. It was such a beautiful night that I would have been happy to hear almost any musician. But Herbie Hancock showed why he was the master. He was funny and gracious. He showed real love for Lang Lang and their collaboration was amazing. It was a real treat to hear his medley of his own songs. I feel lucky to have been present.
Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
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lollipopluv
Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang were almost tied in their abilities on the piano. Herbie's years of experience was obvious, while Lang's performance was flawless. They went for several minutes, on sheet music, barely reading, but still remembering their place. The philharmonic was. as usual, on point. Strings, winds, percussion, all came in at the right moment. Hurray for the conductor who knew where he was the entire time. I had expected a little different style of classical music with Lang Lang being there, and would have liked to hear how Herbie Hancock handled it, but all in all, it was an event to remember. The weather was perfect, the food was great (we brought in sushi) and the acoustics delivered. Aside from the helicopters flying over now and then, everything could be heard down to the softest flute.
Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
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Anonymous
Herbie Hancock is an American music legend and his performance was a delight for all ages. Atlanta Symphony hall is a great venue for any event and the audience Enthusiastically showed their appreciation for Herbie s musical genius. Can t wait for the next CKLW concert.
Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
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kayteew
Herbie Hancock and the band played a wonderful high energy show.
Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
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Fkwallace2
After wanting to see him for years and finally able too...well worth the wait! Herbie was simply awesome, quite the experience.
Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
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jcalmeece
The performances from and talent of all the musicians were excellent. I was thrilled to experience this artist. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I enjoyed every minute of the performance. I thought it would last longer. The concert was less than 2 hours long. My only disappointment.
Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
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maurisse5
performer after a certain age cannot be exceptional that was the case
Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
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Popi412
The Herbie Hancock concert was outstanding. His performance was Epic !
Atlanta Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA - Tue, Oct 17, 2017
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SistaSol59
We enjoyed the show. Herbie and his band rocked it. The drummer is top shelf.
Orpheum Theater - New Orleans, LA - Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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Anonymous
Great musicianship was expected but the amazing show was not. So glad I saw this show!
Orpheum Theater - New Orleans, LA - Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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NinaBlue
It was a great night, I saw him live for the first time, is a legend and you can tell after the show. Also the venue was very pretty.
Orpheum Theater - New Orleans, LA - Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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Anonymous
Awesome and performance for Herbie Hancock at 77 years old.
Orpheum Theater - New Orleans, LA - Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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socalgal52
Fabulous talent - fascinating music - each member of the group is amazing
Orpheum Theater - New Orleans, LA - Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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Hal9K
I have seen him at festivals, but to see him in a more intimate setting,... WOW!!!
Orpheum Theater - New Orleans, LA - Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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Sirnoke
Had not seen Herbie since 1977 in Louisville, Ky., 40 years almost to the date.
Orpheum Theater - New Orleans, LA - Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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PleiadesPaul
Herbie Hancock, Vinnie Colaiuta, James Genus, Terrace Martin poured out love and joy Sunday night, launching me fram a velvet catapult into the crystal catacombs of my mind, spanning songbooks unheard for millenia, notes spring forth like flowers in bloom, new notes birthing, their love and joy washing over me like froth from a rainbow, my bones a quiver, hugging the new day, DNA is shining a brighter light - Viva
Orpheum Theater - New Orleans, LA - Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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NOLAGTR
The Herbie Hancock concert Sunday night had to be the best concert I have heard all year! It was nothing short of amazing and if I could, I would attend 7 more shows of the tour! Cannot say enough great things about Mr. Hancock or the show. Go see him for yourself.
Orpheum Theater - New Orleans, LA - Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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Smokinonk
Herbie Hancock was incredible, he is better than ever!!!!
Orpheum Theater - New Orleans, LA - Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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deedee1464
The show was amazing. It was great to see a diverse crowd with people of all ages. It was funny to hear young people talk about how 'modern" his music is... I explained to them that he was one of the creators of jazz fusion. They were quite impressed. Nice!
Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA - Thu, Oct 5, 2017
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ChuckOne
I am glad to have experienced Herbie Hankock live.What an experience it was.Though the underlying vibe was Jazz ,H.H. explored and visited all genres of music.WOW!!!
Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA - Thu, Oct 5, 2017
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DAJenkins
We really enjoyed the Herbie Hancock concert! The show started on time.
Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA - Thu, Oct 5, 2017
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Eldonna
Drove all the way from Waco, Texas to attend. It was great.
Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA - Thu, Oct 5, 2017
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SquireBill
Herbie Hancock is a phenomenal talent! The show was on the shorter side but he is 77 years old after all, how long should he be expected to play...
Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA - Thu, Oct 5, 2017
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
poohouse
Great show! Worth the distance travelled. I'm not so sure that I would go to see another show in downtown Boston. I wish Herbie would come to Maine.
Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA - Thu, Oct 5, 2017
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Jazzpianists
Without question they are internationally recognized performers. However, the performance was to avante-garde jazz like background movie music. We walked out after an hour . Not pleasurable but with some amazing moments.
Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA - Thu, Oct 5, 2017
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CasualHerbieFan
10/2017, Boston. Very nice show and recommended. I was deeply into the first few tunes, but the middle of the show started blurring together, somewhat middle of the road and indistinct. The end of the show got interesting again for me with some amazing keyboard solos. My attention was affected partly by the tiny, uncomfortable seats of the theater (Orpheum) as well as the guy sitting next to me who was browsing his phone during the whole performance, which was very distracting. Glad I got to see Herbie as he's getting up there in years. If you can go, check him out.
Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA - Thu, Oct 5, 2017
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tttt5555
Prefer the hard bop to the fusion (a lot more), but the musicianship was incredible!
Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA - Thu, Oct 5, 2017
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chevy123
Herbie was amazing! I love music at the Orpheum Theater. The acoustics are great, although the entire theater could use a facelift! I have seen Herbie a few times, and he never disappoints. He had an incredible band- and the music was fantastic! Just the right mix of new and old tunes.
Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA - Thu, Oct 5, 2017
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Polebuhl
Herbie Hancock was great. Great mix of music and each of the musicians had an opportunity to show off. The Orpheus is beyond tired. Your fit stick to the floor. Concertgoers should not have to pay such a high price to see good music.
Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ - Tue, Mar 6, 2018
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
fingers66669
Sound was perfect! Venue was in need of air conditioning! Herbie and his band were no less than perfect!
Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ - Tue, Mar 6, 2018
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
WhinyMcGee
Watching Herbie Hancock and the three members of his powerful band was wonderful to experience live. It's amazing to be able to see the music come to life, and it makes you wonder how something like that came come from the mind of somebody. A truly amazing evening.
Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ - Tue, Mar 6, 2018
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smg2
grab a chance to see herbie while you can master musician and a gentleman
Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ - Tue, Mar 6, 2018
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Stephen53
I had VIP so I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Hancock after the show. What a gentleman!. I can tell that he loves his fans and is very personable. He had a jazz band so I would have liked to hear a couple of songs from his early records, i.e. Maiden Voyage, etc. However it did not ruin it for me. Another plus is that I am a huge Vinnie Colaiuta fan so it was a treat to have him behind the throne. Overall great concert.
Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ - Tue, Mar 6, 2018
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beech57mike
The first half, was long and uninteresting. The audience was lost to music that was not defined in it's direction of where it was going. I felt it was " a cop out" so to speak for the artists to kill time in the first half of the evening because of the huge musical challenge that they faced. The music was totally "impressionist" and was rooted mainly in a pentatonic format. That style of music for the length of time played just dips the listener's ears into a musical abyss. The second half was finally what people paid to hear. Lang Lang started with one of his signature pieces and the evening grew in a musical challenge between the artists. I have to say that Herbie stepped up to the plate in the second half and played quite well.
Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ - Tue, Mar 6, 2018
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cpless
For me, the tunes played were noisy, the bass was muddy, and the intensity was consistently high. Each musician undoubtedly has a great deal of talent but I didn't like the music they played until the encore at the end of the show. I was glad to see Herbie Hancock live, but was disappointed by the concert.
Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ - Tue, Mar 6, 2018
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Anonymous
Herbie Hancock show was one to remember with his techno stlyle of play, I was in awe ! How well he played at the good old age of 80
Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ - Tue, Mar 6, 2018
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FusionLover
Great guitar player but it was synthesized so you didn t hear the guitar; all of the music was too synthesized; very disappointing show. People were walking out throughout the show. Tickets were very expensive. Save your money.
Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ - Tue, Mar 6, 2018
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ExperiencedCritic
Since Herbie Hancock has been a favorite of mine for decades, I was so excited to be attending this concert. Unfortunately, both my friend and I were hugely disappointed. I love Herbie's voice. In the first hour and 45 minutes, I only recall him singing once. I enjoy the individual performers being showcased and hearing what each of them has to offer, but when that is the bulk of the entire show, no matter how good they are, it becomes old. The majority of the first hour and 45 minutes was like a never ending jam session. I looked at my friend and we decided if the next "song" was more of the same we would leave. I have never before walked out on a concert performance. This was so disappointing that this became a first time for me to leave before a show was over.
Centennial Hall - Tucson, AZ - Tue, Mar 6, 2018
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SoftBlackCat
Herbie Hancock played almost 2 hours! He put together an incredibly talented band. He was entertaining when he talked to the audience and showed off his skills on the piano and keyboards! Great night! I was pretty high up & the sound is a little different that high.
Fox Theater - Oakland - Oakland, CA - Sun, Mar 4, 2018
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Mickey5751
This read my first time experiencing Newbie Hancock Live and it sounded so go, I just closed my eyes and was transported.
Fox Theater - Oakland - Oakland, CA - Sun, Mar 4, 2018
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BluesinC
Brian Auger once referred to Herbie Hancock as the greatest keyboardist on the planet. I agree. I have never heard improvisatoin like he plays. He has it all - speed, melody, touch, creativity - just when you think he can t take a solo any further, he kicks into overdrive. HIs current band is outstanding, particularly his drummer who is a force of nature. There were times the band produced sounds I had never heard before. On this night, he played new songs as well as ones from as far back as Headhunter, making it a very satisfying show.
Fox Theater - Oakland - Oakland, CA - Sun, Mar 4, 2018
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Marthoe
I was amazed at the performance, even though they didn't play most of the original music, Herbie composed back in the 70's when I listened to him a lot.
Fox Theater - Oakland - Oakland, CA - Sun, Mar 4, 2018
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edskigcm
While Herbie Hancock is a great pianist, nowadays he seems motivated by greed more than music. His playing at the Balboa theater was showy. There is nothing wrong with electronics or sound experimentation provided they are used sincerely, but Hancock and some of his musicians seem to view those mostly as a wow factor. Drummer Colaiuta played too loud. Guitarist Lionel Loueke distinguished himself by the beauty and originality of his performance.
Fox Theater - Oakland - Oakland, CA - Sun, Mar 4, 2018
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TkOh
Too avant-garde and more like jam session. Did not enjoy the performance.
Fox Theater - Oakland - Oakland, CA - Sun, Mar 4, 2018
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SoreEarsAlso
The sound was grossly over amplified. The saxophone actually hurt my ears.
Fox Theater - Oakland - Oakland, CA - Sun, Mar 4, 2018
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sjo328ci
Too much atmospheric synthesizer work during the first 2/3 of the show. The encore play of Chameleon was the only thing that really excited me. Plus, I m used to seeing jazz in small clubs. Jazz is just never as enjoyable in a large venue like Fox Oakland.
Fox Theater - Oakland - Oakland, CA - Sun, Mar 4, 2018
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Anonymous
At 77 Herbie Hancock is still elevating music to it s highest form.
Fox Theater - Oakland - Oakland, CA - Sun, Mar 4, 2018
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Anonymous
Amazing concert, great mix of old and new stuff in the best concert venue in the bay area
Fox Theater - Oakland - Oakland, CA - Sun, Mar 4, 2018
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