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Jazz legend Herbie Hancock to perform his standards in new ways at the Esplanade on Sept 9

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has done a variety of genres, from funk to avant-garde to pop-jazz hybrids, and popularised record-scratching

Published on Sep 4, 2014 6:23 PM
One of Herbie Hancock’s newest works will be a collaboration with cross-genre electronic act Flying Lotus, acclaimed as one of this generation’s most trailblazing producers. -- PHOTO: DOUGLAS KIRKLAND

It was the early 1960s. Herbie Hancock was a young, upcoming pianist in the jazz world playing at a concert for trumpet legend Miles Davis.

"The band had the audience in our pocket, so to speak, and they were on the edge of their seats, really excited," recalls Hancock, 74.

"And then right in the middle of Miles' solo, I played a chord that was really, really wrong, really bad, and I thought I destroyed everything."

Davis' reaction caught him off guard.

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Where: Esplanade Concert Hall

When: Tuesday, 7.30pm

Admission: $48, $88, $128 and $158 from Sistic (go to or call 6348-5555)