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Herbie Hancock & Kamasi Washington: Robert Glasper 

When: Fri., Aug. 23, 7 p.m. 2019
In 1983, the art of record scratching left hip-hop’s underground and made its way into the pop world. The artist who would take it there was jazz legend Herbie Hancock with his single “Rockit,” a breakdancing anthem that would also dominate MTV for a short stint for its innovative stop motion technology. Hancock at that point already had a few decades under his belt. He’d written several jazz standards in the ’60s (“Watermelon Man,” “Cantaloupe Island”) By the ’70s, he became so fascinated by electronic instruments that he helped push jazz-fusion into exciting new territory. Having a pop hit in the ’80s was unheard of from a jazz pianist. Hancock took the opportunity to continue to indulge his wild creativity. He’s worked with artists from every genre, done “interpretations” of pop songs and has helped keep jazz alive all these years.
— Aaron Carnes

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