Over his impressive career, Hancock has worked with a number of other iconic musicians, but perhaps the most influential of these was the great Miles Davis. He was recognized by Davis as a rare and rising talent and was offered a position with the Miles Davis quintet in 1963. During that time Hancock found his true voice on the piano and let it sing passionately. Since becoming an established artist, Hancock has pushed the genres of jazz and R&B forward, incorporating electronic instruments into his music and mixing styles from multiple genres to develop his signature sound. In addition to winning Grammy awards in three separate decades, Herbie also won an Academy Award in 1986, for the Original Soundtrack to the film Round Midnight.
Aside from modernizing jazz, Herbie is also passionate about making the world a better place. His spiritual life follows that of a Buddhist and with that belief comes the spirit of giving selflessly to the world. His wife and daughter share the same passion and frequently travel to Africa to help those in need. Some of Hancock’s more recent efforts include spearheading a campaign to support the Shriners Children’s Hospital network through a series of concerts. He is currently involved with several academic and community-focused institutions as well, including the Thelonius Monk Institute For Jazz, for which he is acting chairman, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, for which he serves as Creative Chair. Herbie’s latest release, The Imagine Project, features guest appearances by Dave Matthews, Jeff Beck, Anoushka Shankar, John Legend, Seal, Chaka Khan, Pink, and K’Naan.