On this day in jazz history, the illustrious Herbie Hancock celebrates his 74th birthday - having been born on April 12, 1940. A father of jazz fusion, constant innovator, educator, speaker, performer, composer, and multi-award winner (including 14 Grammy awards and creating the first jazz album to go platinum), Hancock is one of the most notable musicians of the last century. Miles Davis helped shape and mentor him; Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, and Stevie Wonder have collaborated with him on award-winning tracks; Wynton Marsalis was introduced to the world by him; even Hancock's own idols like Oscar Peterson would eventually become his colleagues and fans.
This is a man who has shaped the progression and future of jazz in a way that influenced the entire music industry and continues to inspire fellow musicians. Take a moment today and enjoy some heyday Hancock, performing with his Headhunters in 1974 (video above).