1. Watch Aretha Franklin Pay Tribute to Prince With 'Purple Rain' at White House Jazz Concert

    May 01, 2016 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 “There is something fearless and true about jazz,” President Barack Obama said in his opening remarks Friday (April 29) at the White House concert celebrating the fifth annual International Jazz Day -- and despite the fact that the show was being re ...

  2. Watch President Obama Celebrate International Jazz Day With an All-Star Concert April 30 on ABC

    April 30, 2016 8:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Not a bad venue, right?" asks UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, chairman of International Jazz Day, and living jazz legend Herbie Hancock jokingly, after mention of what’s sure to be the genre’s biggest event of the year: an all-star jazz conce ...

  3. President Obama to Host International Jazz Day Concert at White House

    March 30, 2016 8:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Sting, Herbie Hancock and many other established and up-and-coming musical artists will be featured. International Jazz Day, one of the world's biggest celebrations of jazz, is coming to the White House. President B ...

  4. Terrace Martin Explains Producing Albums for YG & Herbie Hancock at the Same Time

    March 09, 2016 3:29 PM EST 0 0 0 Terrace Martin 's production credits are as impressive as they are eclectic -- the jazz-reared saxophonist has been behind the boards on projects by everyone from Snoop Dogg to Lalah Hathaway to Kendrick Lamar 's Grammy-winning To Pimp a B ...

  5. Herbie Hancock: The 2016 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala

    Herbie Hancock: The 2016 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala

    February 15, 2016 3:51 AM EST 0 0 0 Herbie Hancock: The 2016 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala Kendrick Lamar , music , beverly hilton , 2016 , Billboard , arrivals , party , Herbie Hancock , Grammys , Gala Videos Herbie Hancock Clive Davis Brightcove ...

  6. Herbie Hancock Joins Luc Besson's 'Valerian'

    December 12, 2015 4:32 PM EST 0 0 0 Rihanna and Cara Delevingne are already cast in the sci-fi epic. Herbie Hancock has joined the cast of Luc Besson's sci-fi epic  Valerian . The French director announced the news on Instagram Saturday morning, informing followers that "Her ...

  7. Herbie Hancock Working on New Album, Eyeing Collabs with Pharrell Williams and Others

    October 20, 2015 1:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 Herbie Hancock plans to go on "lockdown" after he receiving a National Arts Award from the Americans for the Arts on Monday (Oct. 19) -- at least until he finishes his next album. The renowned keyboardist is planning a follow-up to 2010� ...

  8. Thundercat Shares First Song Off Surprise Mini-Album 'The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam'

    June 18, 2015 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Thundercat , the mind-bending bassist/singer-songwriter who's been quietly contributing to some of the year's buzziest releases (Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and Kamasi Washington 's The Epic among them), is back with new ...

  9. Wayne Shorter on Miles Davis, Kanye West, & the Music of the Future

    May 15, 2015 8:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Speaking with Wayne Shorter , whose prolific career has placed him solidly in jazz's canon, is nothing if not amusing. Legendary for his compositions and and compatriots alike (he's played with everyone from Miles Davis to Santana to the O ...

  10. Grammys 2015: Ed Sheeran Performs 'Thinking Out Loud' with Questlove, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer

    February 08, 2015 9:11 PM EST 25.89 k 310 90 The past year's favorite rust-headed troubadour brought the emotion during a performance of his spare, guitar-driven "Thinking Out Loud" at the Grammys , with a legendary backing band made up of Questlove on drums, Herbie Han ...

  11. James Taylor & Paul Simon Play Benefit for Late Jazz Great Michael Brecker

    January 21, 2015 5:24 AM EST James Taylor and Paul Simon paid tribute to late jazz great Michael Brecker with performances and kind words at a cancer benefit for their friend who died in 2007. Taylor, who Brecker's widow said had the flu, performed "Don't Let M ...

  12. Quotes of the Week: Taylor Swift Defends Her Art, Taylor Hawkins Trashes U2 and More

    November 14, 2014 9:23 PM EST "I'd never condone Nazism in my art." -- NICKI MINAJ The rapper, apologizing on Twitter after the Anti-Defamation League said that the new lyric video for "Only" "disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda." Ni ...

  13. Hancock Honored at Jazz Benefit Concert at Apollo

    October 26, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Herbie Hancock enjoyed "A Great Night in Harlem" with a look to the past and the future as the legendary jazz pianist received a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at the historic Apollo T ...

  14. Herbie Hancock Reveals Crack-Addict Past in New Memoir

    October 24, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In an excerpt from his new memoir Herbie Hancock : Possibilities (Viking, Oct. 23), the legendary jazz keyboardist (14 years clean) recounts the night his wife and daughter held an intervention. Ever since I'd first smoked crack cocaine , I h ...

  15. R&B and Hip-Hop Briefs: The Apollo Turns 80; Los Angeles Honors Charlie Wilson; Harvey Mason Signs to Concord

    February 04, 2014 10:50 AM EST -- The Apollo Theater has launched its 80th anniversary season, announcing a series of initiatives and special events. Among them: kicking off the public phase of its $20 million campaign to support new programming. The Apollo has already raised $ ...

  16. Red Light Management Toasts a Successful Year at Grammys Afterparty

    January 27, 2014 1:26 PM EST There was a clear excitement abuzz at the Red Light Management Grammy after party at the Mondrian Hotel's Skybar in West Hollywood Sunday (Jan. 26) night. It's been a good year for the company and its founder, Coran Capshaw , who this y ...

  17. Herbie Hancock Named Harvard Professor of Poetry

    January 10, 2014 9:37 PM EST 0 0 0 The jazz musician will give six lectures next month Herbie Hancock: Grammy winner, jazz icon -- and, soon, Harvard professor. The pianist and composer is Harvard University's 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry, Rolling Stone reports . He'll d ...

  18. Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock Receive Kennedy Center Honors: Watch

    December 08, 2013 11:29 PM EST 0 0 0 The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," "Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday fo ...

  19. Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock Receive Kennedy Center Honors: Watch

    December 08, 2013 11:29 PM EST The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," "Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday ...

  20. Joel, Santana to Receive Kennedy Center Honors

    September 12, 2013 2:56 PM EDT Acclaimed actress Shirley MacLaine and four musicians spanning rock, jazz and opera -- Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and Martina Arroyo -- will receive this year's Kennedy Center Honors, considered the nation's highest hon ...

  21. Backbeat: Robert Glasper, Gregory Porter, India.Arie Rock Playboy Jazz Fest

    June 17, 2013 1:56 PM EDT The Playboy Jazz Festival celebrated its 35th anniversary with a new host -- comedian/actor George Lopez -- and arguably one of the best lineups in recent years. Performers ranging from the Grammy-winning Robert Glasper Experiment and George Du ...

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  23. Grammy Nominations Shut-Outs: A Look at the Numbers Behind Justin Bieber, One Direction, Lionel Richie, More

    December 06, 2012 4:29 PM EST Grammy second-guessing is one of the most popular armchair games of the award-nomination process -- as nearly anyone who was on Twitter late last night knows. But amid the cries of outrage on social media and elsewhere, it's worth taking a lo ...

  24. Barack Obama: 10 Best Songs About The President

    November 07, 2012 3:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Hip-Hop has been behind Barack Obama since his first presidential campaign in 2008. From Jay-Z to will.i.am, artists have shown their support for the first African-American President of the United States through inspirational odes and unforgettable ...

  25. Inside Blue Note Records' Dazzling Spotify App

    September 13, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Blue Note Records, the renowned American Jazz record label that since 1939 has developed and released the work of some of the genre's most important icons - including John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancoc ...

  26. Cee Lo Green Tapped for NFL Song; X-Ecutioners' Rob Swift Joining ESPNU

    August 15, 2012 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sports and music have a long, tangled history, from Julio Iglesias' short stint playing goalie for Real Madrid to No Limit's Master P's (short-term) NBA contract to Lil Wayne's trenchant analysis on his ESPN blog. With a pair of ...

  27. Backbeat: Miles Davis' Forever Stamp Launches in U.S., France

    June 18, 2012 11:35 AM EDT (L-R): Vince Wilburn, Jr., nephew of Miles Davis; Cheryl Davis, daughter of Miles Davis and Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis. (Photo: Earl E. Gibson III) Miles Davis and French singer Edith Piaf were both honored with Forever stamps June 12, which d ...

  28. Grammys Restore Best Latin Jazz Album Award

    June 08, 2012 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, sparking protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians, the music organization has made more changes by adding three awards, including the reinstatement of best Latin jazz album. The Recording Acade ...

  29. Alan Mintz -- Attorney, Manager, Label Exec -- Dead at 58

    May 04, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Alan Mintz (photo courtesy the Mintz family) Alan Mintz -- attorney, label exec, manager and musician -- died Wednesday of acute myelogenous leukemia, a rare and aggressive form of the disease, his family confirmed to Billboard.biz. He was 57. Min ...

  30. International Jazz Day Celebrated at United Nations, New Orleans With Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Others

    May 01, 2012 6:30 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- As the morning sun spilled over the New Orleans' skyline Monday, jazz musicians Herbie Hancock, Ellis Marsalis and others kicked off International Jazz Day with a sunrise concert that included ritual drumming and a string ...

  31. Grammy Award Lawsuit Dismissed by New York Supreme Court

    April 30, 2012 11:02 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - A lawsuit filed against the Recording Academy over its decision to trim the Grammy Award categories from 109 to 78 has been dismissed. Grammy Awards Protest Planned By Musicians During Sunday's Show The ruling last week by New ...

  32. Coroner: Guitarist Ronnie Montrose Committed Suicide

    April 10, 2012 9:55 PM EDT The death of rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who formed an eponymous band in the 1970s and played with heavy hitters such as Van Morrison and Herbie Hancock, has been ruled a suicide. Ronnie Montrose, Rock guitarist, Dead at 64 The San Francisco C ...

  33. Ronnie Montrose's Death Ruled A Suicide

    April 10, 2012 6:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Mar. 3 death of Ronnie Montrose , the famed rock guitarist who helped launch Sammy Hagar's career, has been ruled a suicide. According to Guitar Player , the San Mateo County Coroner's Office reported on Apr. 6 that the 64-year-old die ...

  34. Herbie Hancock, U.N. Ambassador, Launches International Jazz Day

    March 20, 2012 8:18 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy. The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz ...

  35. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  36. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  37. Rock Guitarist Ronnie Montrose Dies at 64

    March 05, 2012 7:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Gave Sammy Hagar His Big Break: 'It's a Shame to Lose Ronnie,' Red Rocker Says Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who formed the band that bore his name and helped launch the career of Sammy Hagar, has died. His booking agent, Jim Dougla ...

  38. MusiCares: Paul McCartney & His Songs Kick Off Grammy Weekend

    February 11, 2012 11:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Neil Young, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Katy Perry's Hat Chip In to Honor Macca, Raise Millions The Recording Academy's biggest MusiCares gala in the 22-year history of the event occurred Friday when Paul McCartney and a cast of stellar musicia ...

  39. Peter, Paul & Mary Bassist Dick Kniss Dies

    January 27, 2012 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Dick Kniss, a bassist who performed for five decades with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary and co-wrote the John Denver hit "Sunshine on My Shoulders," has died. He was 74. Kniss died Wednesday of pulmonary disease at a hospital near the ...

  40. Peter, Paul & Mary Bassist Dick Kniss Dies

    January 27, 2012 3:00 PM EST Dick Kniss, a bassist who performed for five decades with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary and co-wrote the John Denver hit "Sunshine on My Shoulders," has died. He was 74. Kniss died Wednesday of pulmonary disease at a hospital near t ...

  41. Groundbreaking Jazz Manager John Levy Dies at 99

    January 23, 2012 9:54 PM EST ALTADENA, California - John Levy, the first prominent African-American personal manager in the jazz or pop music field, whose clients included Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis, has died at age 99. Devra Hall Levy posted on his website that her husban ...

  42. New Orleans Jazz Festival to Host Eagles, Foo Fighters, Florence + the Machine

    December 14, 2011 9:05 AM EST 0 0 0 The Eagles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Foo Fighters and John Mayer are among the headliners to perform at next year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It will be the first year the Eagles and Tom Petty play Jazz Fest, the o ...

  43. Kanye West Shrugs Off Album of the Year Grammy Snub at Concert

    December 02, 2011 5:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Of all the surprising results at the Grammy Nominations Concert on Wednesday night (Nov. 30), none were quite as head-scratching as the omission of Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- the most critically acclaimed alb ...

  44. Backbeat: Herbie Hancock Performs, Straps On Keytar @ Canon Party

    October 27, 2011 1:33 PM EDT Future Shock Now: Legendary keyboardist, composer and producer Herbie Hancock performed at Canon's launch party in Manhattan where he proved to differentiate between the "S-95 and now the 5D Mark II." (Photo: Canon) On Wednesday nig ...

  45. Aretha Franklin to Be Honored at Thelonious Monk Institute Anniversary Celebration

    August 11, 2011 7:48 AM EDT Herbie Hancock and Aretha Franklin will take part in the celebration of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz's 25th anniversary. A concert and a competition are the highlights of the two-day event in Washington on Sept. 11-12. Hancock will b ...

  46. Barack Obama Turns 50: 7 Birthday Songs Not By the Beatles

    August 04, 2011 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Since you have proven that you're not living under a rock (no WiFi down there), you must be aware it's President Barack Obama's birthday. The big 5-0! Supporters threw a huge party-slash-fundraiser in Chicago Wednesday night (Aug. 3) ...

  47. Chaka Khan Collaborating With Steven Tyler, Akon

    June 03, 2011 5:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 C haka Khan may be a legacy artist in the industry, but that isn't to say the legendary songstress isn't as busy as ever. At the top of her list? A duets album, including a Led Zeppelin cover alongside "American Idol" judge and A ...

  48. Jason Moran, Brad Mehldau Trio, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock Win ECHO 2011 Jazz Awards

    May 05, 2011 10:00 AM EDT BERLIN - Nine US-jazz acts will receive the German ECHO 2011 Jazz Award . Among the winners are Jason Moran, the Brad Mehldau Trio, Bobby McFerrin, Lee Ritenour and Herbie Hancock. The award ceremony in 27 categories will be held on June 17, 2011 ...

  49. Grammy Sales Spike: Who Will Get It This Year? Arcade Fire? Cee-Lo? Mumford & Sons?

    February 14, 2011 4:17 PM EST While retailers are happy that last night's highly rated Grammy Awards broadcast should fuel sales and agree at least that some of those artists will be beneficiaries of the show's broadcast, they say it is unlikely the show will produce ...

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