Herbie Hancock Opens Enlow Hall Season

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HILLSIDE — Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University will start its 2013-2014 season with an Opening Night concert by legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. This 14-time Grammy® Award winner is renowned for his solo works Cantaloupe Island, Watermelon Man, Maiden Voyage, Chameleon, and singles I Thought It Was You and Rockit.

Throughout his explorations, Hancock has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every jazz movement since the 1960s. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, he became one of the pioneers of the avant garde sound. His recordings during the ’70s combined electric jazz with funk and rock sounds in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. “Rockit” and “Future Shock” marked Hancock’s foray into electronic dance music and included several chart-topping hits; during the same period he continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis bandmates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.

Hancock has received an Academy Award for his Round Midnight film score and 14 Grammy® Awards, including Album Of The Year for “River: The Joni Letters” and two 2011 Grammy® Awards for his recently released globally collaborative CD, “The Imagine Project.” Many of his compositions, including “Canteloupe Island,” “Maiden Voyage,” “Watermelon Man,” and “Chameleon,” are modern standards that have had a profound effect on all styles of modern music.

Tickets to Opening Night with Herbie Hancock in Enlow Hall are $45-$75 and can be purchased by calling Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469), online at http://enlowhall.kean.edu, or in person at Kean University’s Wilkins Theater Box Office.

Enlow Hall is situated on Kean University’s East Campus at 215 North Avenue, Hillside.

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