Jazz musician Herbie Hancock to pen memoir

May 02, 2012 11:11 AM EDT

Musician Herbie Hancock poses at the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Paul McCartney in Los Angeles, February 10, 2012.
Cousin to saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, Steven "Flying Lotus" Ellison has shared a Vine vid of him, Thundercat and the great Herbie Hancock futzing around in Hancock’s studio. (Photo : Reuters)

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Jazz musician Herbie Hancock will reveal intimate details of his career in a memoir due for release in fall 2014, Viking Press said on Tuesday.

Hancock, 71, has become a pioneering force in the jazz and blues music world, earning 14 Grammy awards and an Academy Award over his five-decade career, and seeing many of his songs become music staples.

"There are few artists in any genre who have had a career as rich and influential as Mr. Hancock's, and his memoir promises to be not only the record of a remarkable life and career but a singular chronicle of one of the most fertile periods in the development of jazz," said Clare Ferraro, president of Viking Press.

The pianist and composer, from Chicago, rose to fame in the 1960s playing with trumpeter Miles Davis in his "second great quintet," and composed hits such as "Watermelon Man," "Chameleon" and "Cantaloupe Island."

Hancock is currently an ambassador for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), pledging to use music to cross cultural boundaries and promote literacy and creativity among youth around the world.


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