Herbie Hancock added to Tahoe’s huge summer of shows

Herbie Hancock

Jazz great Herbie Hancock will play Saturday, Aug. 19, at MontBleu on Lake Tahoe’s south shore.

From post-bop and fusion jazz to R&B and electro, Herbie Hancock has been a vanguard of musical revolution. The keyboardist, composer, producer and 14-time Grammy Award winner will appear Saturday, Aug. 19, at the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

Devildog Productions announced today that tickets are $50, $60 aned $70 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 14, at MontbBleu and www.ticketmaster.com

Hancock, 76, has been an innovator on the worldwide bandstand since he joined the Mile Davis Quintet in 1963.

“Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven’t heard anybody yet who has come after him,” wrote Davis, the iconic trumpeter, in his autobiography. In 1964, Hancock penned the model jazz standard “Cantaloupe Island.”

The Mile Davis Quintet – Davis, Hancock, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, drummer Tony Williams and bassist Ron Carter – are regarded by many as the greatest small-jazz ensemble. To this day, Hancock and Shorter continue to work together.

Hancock’s collaborations, which began with Charles Byrd and Coleman Hawkins, include those with Quincy Jones, Joni Mitchell, Chick Corea, John Mayer and the Marsalis brothers, Wynton and Branford.

Hancock resumed working with Davis during for the era of jazz-rock fusion and a series of albums that began with “Bitches Brew.”

Hancock led the R&B exploration into funk with his band The Headhunters, and he started the electronic realm with his Mwandishi projects. In the mid-80s, he acquired a new generation of fans during the genesis of MTV with the pre-hip-hop hit “Rockit.”

Hancock is one several high-profile shows this summer in the MontBleu Theatre, which include Taj Mahal and Keb Mo (TajMo) on Saturday, June 24, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers on Saturday, July 8, and Cheech & Chong, Friday, Aug. 18.

Across the street in Stateline on the same week Hancock appears, The Who and Primus will play outdoor shows, respectively, at Harveys and the Hard Rock.

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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