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Grammy Awards: Miley Cyrus, Lorde play pre-Grammys Clive Davis gala [PHOTOS]

Grammy Awards: Miley Cyrus, Lorde play pre-Grammys Clive Davis gala [PHOTOS]

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The iconic mogul's annual gala drew a cavalcade of stars headed for Sunday night's Grammys.
Kate Stanton

Snoop Dogg and John Kerry, caught on video at the White House

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- An encounter at the White House between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and rap artist Snoop Dogg, including fist-bumping, has surfaced on the Internet.
Snoop meets John Kerry, exchanges fist bumps

Snoop meets John Kerry, exchanges fist bumps

Dec. 27 (UPI) -- What happens when Snoop Dogg goes to Washington? He fist-bumps the Secretary of State.
Gabrielle Levy
Obama says Kennedy Center honorees stay 'true to themselves'

Obama says Kennedy Center honorees stay 'true to themselves'

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama said Sunday the 2013 Kennedy Center honorees are not only "the best of the best" but have "remained true to themselves."
Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock up for Kennedy Center Honors

Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock up for Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine and Carlos Santana are to be recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in Washington.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, April 12, 2013.
By United Press International
Quincy Jones, Michael Caine plan joint 80th birthday bash in Las Vegas

Quincy Jones, Michael Caine plan joint 80th birthday bash in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Longtime friends Quincy Jones and Michael Caine will celebrate their 80th birthday with a charity fundraiser in Las Vegas this spring, organizers said.

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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 12, 2012.
By United Press International

Montrose's death deemed suicide

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- Rock musician Ronnie Montrose's death last month from a gunshot wound to the head has been declared a suicide, the San Mateo County Coroner said.

Guitarist Ronnie Montrose dies

DENVER, March 4 (UPI) -- Colorado guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who played with an A-list of musicians when not fronting his own band, has died at the age of 64, his Web site said.

Jazz great Clare Fischer dead at 83

BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Prolific jazz pianist Clare Fischer died in Southern California this week of complications from a heart attack at the age of 83, the family announced.
Obama's birthday the subject of 'Late Show' Top 10

Obama's birthday the subject of 'Late Show' Top 10

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- David Letterman read a "Late Show" Top 10 list in honor of U.S. President Barack Obama's 50th birthday.
Santana and Blackman marry in Hawaii

Santana and Blackman marry in Hawaii

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Singer and guitarist Carlos Santana has confirmed he married drummer Cindy Blackman in Hawaii.
Tyson, Foxx set for BET Honors

Tyson, Foxx set for BET Honors

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- BET Networks says it plans to honor Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Linda Johnson Rice and Lonnie Bunch at an upcoming ceremony in Washington.
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Jazz icon Herbie Hancock arrives at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on October 28, 2007. Herbie was honored at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and Tribute Concert to Herbie Hancock. (UPI Photo/Scott Harms)
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Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (b. April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, bandleader and composer. As part of Miles Davis's "second great quintet", Hancock helped redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section, and was one of the primary architects of the "post-bop" sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk. Hancock's music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs "cross over" and achieved success among pop audiences. His music embraces elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz. In his jazz improvisation, he possesses a unique creative blend of jazz, blues, and modern classical music, with harmonic stylings much like the styles of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

Hancock's best-known solo works include "Cantaloupe Island", "Watermelon Man" (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo SantamarĂ­a), "Maiden Voyage", "Chameleon", and the singles "I Thought It Was You" and "Rockit". His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album ever to win the award after Getz/Gilberto in 1965.

As a member of Soka Gakkai, Hancock is an adherent of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism.

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