Happy Birthday Herbie Hancock

April 12, 1940

Newport Jazz Festival 1988

Pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, and composer Herbert Jeffrey “Herbie” Hancock was born April 12, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois.

Hancock’s classical piano training started at age 7 and at eleven he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 in D Major with the Chicago Symphony.

After a period of self-instruction and studies with jazz pianist Chris Anderson,Hancock gigged with Donald Byrd, Coleman Hawkins, Oliver Nelson and Phil Woods.

He joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1963 and has remained on top of the art form ever since.

The Herbie Hancock Trio playing live at the 1988 Newport Jazz Festival.


Herbie Hancock, piano
Buster Williams, double bass
Al Foster, drums