Our friends at Okayplayer recently caught Herbie Hancock on camera this past February during The Roots 7th Annual Grammy Jam. They discussed a few things, including the first time Herbie played in front of Miles Davis. The story goes that Herbie had been playing with the great Donald Byrd who introduced the young pianist to his future employer. Miles then took the young pianist to his recreation room and asked him to play a tune (by the way… Herbie does the best Miles impression ever.) Afraid and nervous, the young Herbie Hancock opted to play something slower to show off his advanced harmonic language and oh-so-beautiful sound to which Miles responded, “Nice touch.” Again, Herbie’s impression of Miles– so proper.


The interview also covers Hancock’s upcoming tour with Chick Corea. This won’t be the first time the two pianists hit the road together. The duo released an album back in 1978 titled An Evening with Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert that was recorded from their live performances in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The tour is is set to kick off this Saturday in Seattle at the Paramount Theater. Scroll down to watch Hancock talk about the first time he met Miles as well as his upcoming tour with Corea. To watch Part II of Okayplayer TV’s interview with Herbie as he reminisces about the time he almost got to work with Jimi Hendrix, click here.

Videographers: Lance Steagall + Jake Remington
Editor: Jake Remington
Producer: Ginny Suss

An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea In Concert Dates:

March 14 — Paramount Theatre, Seattle
March 15 — Chan Shun Concert Hall, Vancouver
March 17 — Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver,
March 19 — Zellerbach Hall/ University of California, Berkeley
March 20 — Copley Symphony Hall San Diego
March 21– Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
March 22 — Granada Theater, Santa Barbara
April 9 — Carnegie Hall, New York
April 10 — Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, DC
April 11– Academy of Music, Philadelphia
April 12 — Symphony Hall, Boston
April 14 –Massey Hall, Toronto
April 16 — Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
April 17 — Symphony Center, Chicago
April 18 — The Palladium, Carmel
July 4 –- Olympia, Paris
July 5 — Palais Des Beaux Arts, Brussels
July 6 – Barbican, London
July 19 — Coll Jazz Festival, Lisbon, PT


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