Herbie Hancock

Anthology proudly presents
Herbie Hancock at the Balboa Theatre

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

1. The Anthology Premium Seat Dinner Package Includes:
– Valet parking at Anthology,
– 3-course dinner at Anthology
– Transportation to & from the Balboa Theatre
– Premium seating at Balboa Theater.

2. Tickets Only at Balboa Theatre
Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster through the Anthology or Ticketmaster websites
Seating maps available for reserved seating

Any questions or to make your dinner reservation for you dinner package, call the box office at 619.595.0300

The inimitable HERBIE HANCOCK’s career has transcended genres, spanned five decades and won him 12 Grammy awards. Born in 1940’s Chicago, Herbie was a child piano prodigy who performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. Influenced by Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans, Hancock started playing jazz in high school. He also developed a passion for the sciences and double majored in music and electrical engineering at Grinnell College.

In 1963 Miles Davis invited the freshly graduated Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet and, in his five years with the group, they recorded hits such as “ESP”, “Nefertiti” and “Sorcerer”. Hancock’s own solo career blossomed with classic albums like “Maiden Voyage” and “Empyrean Isles”. Hancock also composed the score to the Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 film “Blow Up”, which led to a successful movie and television career.

After parting with Davis, Hancock started The Headhunters and their hit single “Chameleon” became the first jazz album to go platinum. The Headhunters were soon playing for stadium-sized crowds the world over and, by the end of the 70’s, Hancock had 11 albums in the pop charts. In 1983, he collaborated with Bill Laswell and their first album “Future Shock” went platinum and the single “Rockit” won Hancock a Grammy and five MTV awards.

Hancock won an Oscar in 1986 for the score of “Round Midnight”, in which he also appeared as an actor. This acting experience led to hosting gigs for “Rock School” on PBS and Showtime’s “Coast to Coast”.

In the early 90s, he started an all-star band and recorded Grammy winning “The New Standard”. In 1998, the Headhunters reunited, touring with the Dave Matthews Band and recording with Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Chick Corea. For 2001’s FUTURE2FUTURE, Hancock reunited with Bill Laswell to collaborate with young hip-hop and techno artists.

In 2007, Hancock released “River: The Joni Letters” a tribute to longtime friend, Joni Mitchell featuring Leonard Cohen, Wayne Short and Tina Turner. The album was nominated for three Grammy awards and won Album of the Year. Hancock currently serves as Institute Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and founded The International Committee of Artists for Peace.

FRI 9/23


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Includes –

  • – Valet parking at Anthology,
  • – 3-course dinner at Anthology
  • – Transportation to & from the Balboa Theatre
  • – Premium seating at Balboa Theater.

Balboa Theatre
Seating Chart (PDF)

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$59 – $90

“At 71, Hancock looks remarkably youthful, and he hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for performing his hits in concert. He recharged ‘Watermelon Man’ with bolts of electronic funk and brought a fresh, percussive vitality to ‘Cantaloupe Island’.” -Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

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