Herbie Hancock: "Rockit" on keytar ©Rick Swig
A big thanks to pianist Herbie Hancock for a whirlwind of a weekend... from rocking it at the 2014 SFJAZZ Gala to 3 unforgettable performances with bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, guitarist Lionel Loueke and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain! From the start, this superband clearly came to play. Colaiuta's slamming groove introducing "Actual Proof" from Herbie's 1974 funk masterpiece Thrust kicked off the show and set the tone for each performance, which covered many of Herbie's best-known tunes including "Chameleon," "Cantaloupe Island" and a unique take on "Watermelon Man" that incorporated part of Lionel Loueke's odd-time composition "Seventeen." A highlight of each show was a duet between Loueke and Hussain, which seamlessly integrated African and Indian musical traditions, and the band ended the set with a supercharged performance of Herbie's smash 1983 electro-funk anthem "Rockit." Photos below:
Herbie Hancock, Lionel Loueke, Vinnie Colaiuta, Marcus Miller & Zakir Hussain ©Grason Littles
Marcus Miller ©Grason Littles
Zakir Hussain ©Grason Littles
Lionel Loueke ©Rick Swig
Vinnie Colaiuta ©Rick Swig
For more photos, go to SFJAZZ Flickr. Also, check out a recap on the 2014 SFJAZZ Gala!