He reported that: " Clare Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept Grinnell also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in  . Byrd was attending the Manhattan School of Music in New York at the time and suggested that Hancock study composition with Vittorio Giannini , which he did for a short time in The pianist quickly earned a reputation, and played subsequent sessions with Oliver Nelson and Phil Woods. Hancock was introduced to Davis by the young drummer Tony Williams , a member of the new band.
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At age 11 Hancock played the first movement of a Mozart concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He formed his first band while a high school student. There his clever accompaniments and straightforward soloing with bebop groups led to tours with Miles Davis — Meanwhile, he also composed music , both jazz-rock and straight-ahead jazz, for broadcast commercials, television, and films such as Blow-Up , Death Wish , and Round Midnight ; for the last one he won an Academy Award.
Since the mids he has played acoustic piano in jazz projects, played duets with Chick Corea , and performed in combos with former Davis associates and trumpeters such as Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis. On Future 2 Future , Hancock teamed with jazz legend Wayne Shorter and some of the biggest names in techno music to produce a beat-filled fusion of jazz and electronic music.
His next project, Possibilities , was a venture into pop music with such guest performers as Stevie Wonder , Paul Simon , and Santana. Hancock added to his already extensive Grammy collection with a pair of awards—including album of the year—for his Joni Mitchell tribute River: The Joni Letters In Hancock was named a Kennedy Center honoree.
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