A Conversational Voyage with Herbie Hancock and Greg Bridges
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 7:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street (at 27th), Oakland
$20 admission, or $40 for admission and book,
or $50 for 2 admissions and book:
Herbie Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. As part of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet, he helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the "post-bop" sound. He possesses a unique creative blend of jazz, blues, modern classical music (like Debussy and Ravel), and funk. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining an unmistakable voice. His career spans five decades and includes 14 Grammy® Awards, including 2008 Album of the Year, River: The Joni Letters.
Hancock's best-known solo works include "Cantaloupe Island", "Watermelon Man" (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo Santamaría), "Maiden Voyage", "Chameleon", and the singles "I Thought It Was You" and "Rockit". Recently Hancock was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of Intercultural Dialogue. In 2013 he joined the University of California, Los Angeles faculty as a professor in the UCLA music department where he teaches jazz music.
There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock. As the immortal 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."
Hancock is the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. Holders of the chair deliver a series of six lectures on poetry, "The Norton Lectures", poetry being "interpreted in the broadest sense, including all poetic expression in language, music, or fine arts." Previous Norton lecturers include musicians Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky and John Cage. Hancock's theme is "The Ethics of Jazz”.
Greg Bridges, G1 Rhythm, is a radio dj and journalist living in Oakland. He can be heard at KCSM 91.1fm Tuesday nights 6 to 9pm, and Thursday nights 6pm to 2am, and at KPFA 94.1fm Monday nights 8 to 10pm and also as a contributor to KPFA’s Hip Hop social affairs and music show HardKnock Radio. Greg has written for various publications including Jazz Now Magazine and Bayshore Magazine, and remains a constant presence on the Bay Area music and arts scene.