Brilliant American pianist Herbie Hancock and his Quartet will wow audiences as Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series and the Kauffman Music Guest Artist Series present the Grammy Award-winning musician on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Pealer Recital Hall.
Hancock is revered as an innovator in the world of jazz. Continually pushing the boundaries, he retains his trademark style whether playing hip-hop, Gershwin ballads or traditional tunes.
As a child prodigy, Hancock first made waves at the age of 11, soloing in the first movement of a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before dedicating himself to the rhythms of jazz. Invited to New York City by jazz legend Donald Byrd, he released his debut album, "Takin' Off," at the age of 22, and was a key player in the celebrated Miles Davis Quintet. “Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonius Monk, and I haven’t heard anybody yet who has come after him,” says Davis.
The winner of eight Grammy Awards, he has achieved a remarkable balance of commercial and artistic success, and few artists in the entire music industry have attained more respect or cast more influence.
Hancock actively shares his talents as an educator, acting as artist-in-residence at Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Colorado, a trustee of the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz, the founder of the Rhythm of Life Foundation and a partner in Transparent Music. Now in his fifth decade as a performer, Hancock remains in the forefront of world culture, technology and, above all, music.
Joining Hancock on stage is Gary Thomas on saxophone and flute; Terri Lyne Carrington on drums; and Scott Colley on bass. Thomas, a Baltimore native, is currently the director of Jazz Studies at Howard University and has appeared on more than 70 recordings in the past 15 years. Lyne is a world-renowned drummer, composer, producer and clinician, who developed a reputation as a child prodigy, jamming with jazz veterans Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Joe Williams, and more. Scott Colley, appearing on more than 70 albums, has been one of the most in-demand bassists on the jazz scene since his arrival in New York in 1988.
Local Frostburg native and jazz pioneer Lucius “Pete” Harper will be honored at this performance for his contributions to the advancement of jazz to the local rural community. Since he first picked up a ukelele at age 12 and sang “Ain’t She Sweet?”, the gifted, self-trained Harper has shared his music with the people around him. He performed in New York, Washington DC and Pittsburgh, before opening his after-hours music club in Frostburg in the 1950s, thus paving the way for jazz music in the Frostburg area community. Harper’s Chicken Shack was the first black-owned business in the area, and soon developed a national reputation among jazz musicians. Legends such as Count Basie and Maynard Ferguson stopped at the chicken shack for lengthy jam sessions during their cross-country tours. Harper, who will turn 88 in November, continues to bring his love of jazz and music to the community.
This performance is presented in partnership with the University Programming Council.
To purchase tickets or to find out more information, call the FSU Cultural Events Box Office at 301-687-3137 or toll free at 1-866-TIXX-CES, or visit online at ces.frostburg.edu.
Additional packages include the Arts Getaway Packages, providing accommodations for two (at The Best Western Braddock in LaVale, Cumberland Holiday Inn or Rocky Gap Resort), selected meal options, transportation between the hotel and the FSU campus, a special welcome gift at check-in, and two tickets for preferred seating for the Cultural Events Series performance.
You can also add a Dinner Show Package to your ticket purchase and transform your performance into an enchanting social event. The Dinner Show Package provides you with complimentary transportation to and from the FSU campus to any one of five participating restaurants, including BJ’s at the Gladstone, Gehauf’s, Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant, Harrigan’s, and the Tombstone Café.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.