Herbie Hancock: Child Prodigy to Jazz Icon

4/12: American Jazz Master and composer Herbie Hancock was born in Chicago on this day in 1940. A musical prodigy who played a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony at age 11, Hancock took to jazz in his teens and, after stints with both Coleman Hawkins and Donald Byrd, became part of Mile Davis’ formidable Quintet between 1963 and 1968. As a composer, Hancock has created works for film and television for decades. His recordings have won some 14 Grammys, and he has also received the Oscar (Round Midnight Original Score) and was a 2013 Kennedy Center honoree.

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