Now in the fifth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: in the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. He is perhaps the most influential practitioner of modern Jazz piano and certainly the biggest name in his field, and not surprisingly he's also regarded by many as the best.
Hancock's playing is marked by extraordinary harmonic sense and rhythmic openness, and his voice is truly unique. Though one can't track exactly where he will go next, he is sure to leave his own inimitable creative style and imprint wherever he lands. As Miles Davis said in his autobiography, "Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven't heard anybody yet who has come after him." For his Spring/Summer tour Hancock has assembled a quartet featuring drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist Nathan East, and guitarist Lionel Loueke. The Shedd Institute presented the premier performance of Hancock's 2005 second Directions in Music project and is pleased to bring him back again to the Hult Center's Silva Concert Hall.