Keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock is among the most influential cross-genre artists of his generation, easily stretching from serious acoustic jazz to a variety of fusion projects switching among jazz, funk, and rock, electronic experimentation, and film scores, as well as forays into dance, pop, and world music. Along the way Hancock wrote an assortment of now-standards, including "Cantaloupe Island" and "Watermelon Man." He was a member of Miles Davis's groundbreaking 1960s quintet, and continued his pioneering ways in the '70s with his landmark Head Hunters album. Last year's double-Grammy-winning The Imagine Project was Hancock at his most eclectic, collaborating with a global array of artists ranging from Pink and John Legend to guitarist Jeff Beck, Brazilian singer Céu, Malian kora master Toumani Diabate, Irish band the Chieftains, and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, covering the likes of John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Baden Powell, and Sam Cooke. This tour bringing Hancock to Orchestra Hall will be his first playing solo. He promises both acoustic and electric material spanning his expansive career.
Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m., 2011