To prepare for the visit from legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock, the winner of 14 Grammy Awards and a vital piece of every jazz development since he stepped onto the scene in the ‘60s, we recommend listening to his 1973 album, Head Hunters. Specifically, the track “Watermelon Man.”
Now in the seventh decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960’s. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet that pioneered a groundbreaking sound in jazz, he also developed new approaches on his own recordings, followed by his work in the 70s — with record-breaking albums such as “Headhunters” — that combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. “Rockit” and “Future Shock” marked Hancock’s foray into electronic dance sounds; during the same period he also continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P.