Herbie Hancock, fully Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock

Hancock, fully Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock

American Pianist, Keyboardist, Bandleader and Composer, part of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet

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The arts can help establish stronger relationships between countries and cultures, in a way that is difficult to achieve by our political ambassadors.

There was a radio station in Chicago, there was a guy named Al Benson, and he pretty much dominated black radio in the '50s.

We wanted to share creativity and didn't want to be bound by traditional jazz conventions.

When I'm sensitive to the circumstances surrounding me, then I can be inspired by them or use them in whatever I may be creating.

You don't need the fame to be vital.

I was very much aware of blues, because it was on the radio all the time.

I'm not telling students not to practice or advising people to limit themselves.

'I've got to learn how to do this. That's my instrument, and he can do it. Why can't I?

Nobody told me I was a child prodigy.

See, there were certain rules I'd always used, and people like Trane, they would break those rules.

The concept of improvisation is an idea that's very close to my heart, but I can manifest that in a lot of different genres. It really comes from a jazz sensibility.

There's Charlie Parker and there's Miles, there's Trane. I'm none of those guys, so why am I beating myself up trying to find the lost chord all the time?

Well, I was becoming more of a jazz snob, in thinking that jazz was a higher kind of music, and that R&B was, yes, for the body and more commercial.

When synthesizers came along, it was the first time I thought that the two things I loved, which were science and music, could be put together.

You never knew, when you came out of there, what you did, or whether it was good. It never sounded good to me. It always sounded interesting but you wondered, what were we doing?

I wasn't concerned about jazz - that's just one of the tools.

In the past, there's always been one leader that has led the pack to development of the music.

I've had a lot of music in my own head.

Not just in jazz, I think in politics too. Men have gotten to the point where we're not doing a good job anymore. It remains to be seen whether we really did a good job in the past.

Since time is a continuum, the moment is always different, so the music is always different.

The fact that young hip-hop artists are searching for the jazz roots of their music acknowledges the greatness of roots, helps a person get a sense of being grounded, of being attached, of coming from somewhere.

There's only one person named Herbie Hancock.

Well, I'm hoping that the narrow categories of music are forced to develop activities that reflect a broader variety of music, so that people get exposed to more variety that they certainly are now.

When you struggle to reach for something you don't know, that's where the most interesting stuff is.

You would not exist if you did not have something to bring to the table of life. Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose.

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American Pianist, Keyboardist, Bandleader and Composer, part of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet