Musical innovator Herbie Hancock will take to the road next month for a 15-date North American club tour. The trek comes in support of his latest album, "Future 2 Future," released last September by T
Musical innovator Herbie Hancock will take to the road next month for a 15-date North American club tour. The trek comes in support of his latest album, "Future 2 Future," released last September by Transparent Music, the label he co-founded two years ago with former Verve Records president Chuck Mitchell and artist manager/producer David Passick.
The tour is set to kick off March 10 in Tucson, Ariz., and work its way east through a March 29 finale in Philadelphia. Hancock also has plans to sit in April 1 with the Paul Shaffer-conducted CBS Orchestra on "The Late Show With David Letterman."
"Future 2 Future" intertwines live jazz instrumentation with electronic wizardry while traversing drum'n'bass, hip-hop, and house styles. The set reunited Hancock with co-producer Bill Laswell, who last collaborated with him in 1983 for "Future Shock," which included the now-classic recording "Rockit." The album also features guest appearances by such diverse artists as jazz mainstays Wayne Shorter (saxophone) and Jack DeJohnette (percussion), and electronic artists Carl Craig and A Guy Called Gerald, as well as R&B vocalist Chaka Khan.
"It all had to come from the immediate, spontaneous part of the brain, not the analytical part," Hancock told Billboard last year about his requirements for making the album. "It had to come from the heart, with feelings, emotions. And in the end, the album accomplished even more than I set out to achieve."
"The key word throughout the entire process was 'sense,'" Hancock explained of how he and Laswell approached recording sessions. "You know, having a sense of where you might want to go musically but always leaving the door open for change. Sometimes, the music itself dictates where it wants to go. We both admire that element, that surprise."
Here are Herbie Hancock's confirmed tour dates:
March 10: Tucson, Ariz. (Desert Diamond Casino)
March 11: Santa Ana, Calif. (Galaxy Theatre)
March 12: Los Angeles (Knitting Factory)
March 13: San Francisco (the Fillmore)
March 15: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theater)
March 17: Seattle (King Cat Theatre)
March 19: Boulder, Colo. (Boulder Theater)
March 21: Chicago (House of Blues)
March 23: Detroit (St. Andrews Hall)
March 24: Montreal (Metropolis)
March 25: Winooski, Vt. (Higher Ground)
March 26: Boston (Avalon)
March 27: New York (Irving Plaza)
March 28: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
March 29: Philadelphia (Verizon Hall @ Kimmel Center)