Profession: Musician and Composer
Why Famous: Herbie Hancock was an instrumental part in the Miles Davis Quintet from 1964 to 1968. In this role he served as one of the primary founders of the post-bob jazz sound.
Hancock's 2007 album "River: The Joni Letters", conceived as a jazz tribute to Joni Mitchell, won the Grammy for Album of the Year, one of only two jazz albums to ever do so.
- 2007-09-25 Herbie Hancock releases "River: The Joni Letters" tribute to Joni Mitchell (2008 Grammy Album of the Year)
- 2008-02-10 50th Grammy Awards: Amy Winehouse wins 5 awards including song "Rehab", Herbie Hancock wins Album of the Year