Herbie Hancock @ The Beacon Theater with special guest, Thundercat - New York City Article

Herbie Hancock @ The Beacon Theater with special guest, Thundercat

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Herbie Hancock @ The Beacon Theater with special guest, Thundercat

Jul 23, 2019

Herbie Hanock in Concert
with special guest Thundercat
Beacon Theatre
2124 Broadway
Wednesday, August 1, 2019

It's hard to believe that the longtime jazz wunderkind is turning 80 next year, but it's a source of great joy to realize that one of the all time great jazz composer-bandleaders (much like his fellow Miles Davis vet and frequent collaborator, Wayne Shorter) is still very much with us, and active as ever.  Seventy years ago, Hancock was already making waves as a classical piano prodigy in his native Chicago, and quickly graduated to the big time when he joined the legendary Miles Davis "'60s" quintet (alongside Ron Carter, Tony Williams, and Mr. Shorter). Both working with Davis and in a concurrent series of his own albums for Blue Note Records, Mr. Hancock stretched the musical boundaries of jazz, experimenting with modal style (jazz improvisation based on modes rather than traditional western chords), sometimes pushing it to the brink of free jazz, and other avant-garde notions.  Next, and again, both with Davis and on his own, Hancock was then part of the movement to incorporate electronic instruments and elements of rock music into jazz, which he achieved with both characteristic creativity and considerable popular success.  Since the early '60s, Herbie Hancock has been a transcendent beacon for all contemporary American music, and it's only fitting for him to share the bill with the contemporary multi-instrumentalist and singer Thundercat, who also draws on a wide range of genres, including jazz and funk.

Mr. Hancock's band features Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, James Genus on bass, Lionel Loueke on guitar and multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)