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Jazz icon Herbie Hancock to perform Oct. 29 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall

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Herbie Hancock, the iconic jazz pianist and multiple Grammy Award-winner, will perform his eclectic take on modern music Oct. 29 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall as part of the first solo tour of his legendary career.

Hancock is a powerful influence in acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B music. His career spans five decades, his recordings have earned 12 Grammy Awards and he continues to amaze audiences with his energetic live performances.

Hancock’s performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $95 and $85; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

In 2009, Hancock was awarded the prestigious Album of the Year Award at the Grammys for “River: The Joni Letters,” a tribute to Joni Mitchell that featured instrumental arrangements of Mitchell’s songs as well as tracks with vocal performances by Corrine Bailey Ray, Norah Jones, Tina Turner and Mitchell herself.

Born in Chicago in 1940, Hancock was a child piano prodigy who performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. He began playing jazz in high school, initially influenced by Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans

In 1963, Miles Davis invited Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Hancock recorded many classics, including “ESP,” “Nefertiti” and “Sorcerer.” As Davis later 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.”

Hancock’s commercial successes include the compositions “Cantaloupe Island,” “Chameleon” and “Rockit.” In 1988, he was the subject of a career retrospective when Verve Records released “Then and Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock” collection.

The jazz visionary remains at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. In addition to his career as a composer, performer and recording artist, Hancock is creative chair for jazz at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and chair of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He is a founder of The International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP). Visit to learn more.

North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).