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Herbie Hancock, New Yorker Critic Sasha Frere-Jones in Conversation; 'Possibilities' Book Signing at Brooklyn Academy of Music for "Unbound: A Literary Series" on October 29

By Maria Jean Sullivan m.sullivan@classicalite.com on Sep 08, 2014 11:28 AM EDT

Herbie Hancock and Sasha Frere-Jones will engage in a no doubt sharp and informative conversation at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in late October, as part of Unbound: A Literary Series. Presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore, the Unbound series brings today’s prominent literary figures to Brooklyn for the official world launch of their latest work.

Hancock will be giving insight into his memoir, Possibilities. In his dense prose, Hancock opens up about his life and work--including his career as a pianist and composer, as well as addiction and Buddhism.

The evening of October 29 will also include a Q&A with New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones and Hancock.

The night will conclude with a book signing.

Tickets to the event are $40 with a copy of Possibilities and $25 without. 

Remember, Hancock was a child phenom, performing Mozart in concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. His career to follow warranted him 14 Grammy awards, a Kennedy Center Honor and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Francisco Jazz Festival.

Most recently, Hancock collaborated with Flying Lotus on the track “Moment of Hesitation.” And this past summer saw a 3 disc box set release of Herbie Hancock: The Warner Bros Years [1969-1972]. This, of course, would be the timestamped period between his work with Miles Davis and the Headhunters.

Watch below a heartwarming rendition of Hancock performing The Beatles' “Imagine,” freaturing P!NK, Seal, India.Arie, Jeff Beck, Konono N°1 and Oumou Sangare.

It gets real 1990s when Seal kicks in.

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