Visiting Professor and Director, Thelonious Monk Institute
He makes music that moves us all.
Herbie Hancock was only 11 years old when he performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Thoroughly grounded in classical music, he became one of the pioneers of modern jazz improvisation as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet. During the ‘70s, his recordings combined electric jazz with funk and rock sounds in an innovative style that influenced a whole decade of music. In the ‘80s, “Rockit” won Hancock a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental and became an anthem in the world of break dancing and early hip-hop culture. His musical legacy includes not only 14 Grammy Awards, but all the talented young musicians he mentors as director of the Thelonious Monk Institute at UCLA.