Jazz legend Herbie Hancock performs live at Orchestra Hall, March 28

Program features original compositions by Academy Award and 14-time Grammy Award winner Herbie Hancock

Tickets on sale now at dso.org

Detroit, (February 29, 2024) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present a once-in-a-lifetime performance featuring trailblazing jazz legend Herbie Hancock on March 28 at Orchestra Hall. Hancock will perform on piano/keyboards and will be joined onstage by DSO Fred A. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair Terence Blanchard (trumpet).

The program will include Hancock’s original compositions, influenced by an innovative fusion of electric jazz, funk, and rock that continues to shape the evolution of contemporary music. In addition to Blanchard, Hancock’s band will be comprised of Devin Daniels (saxophone), James Genus (bass), and Trevor Lawrence Jr. (drums), and Lionel Loueke (guitar).

Please note: the DSO does not appear on this performance.

Herbie Hancock will take place at Orchestra Hall on Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this performance start at $79 and can be purchased at dso.org or by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


DSO Presents
Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Orchestra Hall
Herbie Hancock, piano/keyboards
Terence Blanchard, trumpet
Devin Daniels, saxophone
James Genus, bass
Trevor Lawrence Jr., drums
Lionel Loueke, guitar
Trailblazing jazz legend Herbie Hancock returns to Detroit for a once-in-a-lifetime performance at Orchestra Hall. The Academy Award and 14-time Grammy Award winner will thrill audiences with his innovative fusion of electric jazz, funk, and rock that continues to shape the evolution of contemporary music.

Please note: the DSO does not appear on this program.


About Herbie Hancock
Now in the seventh decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960s. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet that pioneered a groundbreaking sound in jazz, he also developed new approaches on his own recordings, followed by his work in the 70s—with record-breaking albums such as Headhunters—that combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. "Rockit" and "Future Shock" marked Hancock's foray into electronic dance sounds; during the same period he also continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P. Hancock received an Academy Award for his Round Midnight film score and 14 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters, and two 2011 Grammy Awards for the globally collaborative CD, The Imagine Project. Hancock serves as Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and as Institute Chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. In 2011, Hancock was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and in December of 2013 he received a Kennedy Center Honor. His memoir, Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, was published by Viking in 2014, and in February 2016 he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Hancock is currently in the studio at work on a new album.

About the DSO
The acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. Led by Music Director Jader Bignamini since 2020, the DSO makes its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, offering a performance schedule that features the PVS Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in metro area venues, as well as eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a live radio broadcast of a concert and continues today with the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall series of free webcasts.

Since its first school concerts a century ago, and particularly since the founding of the Civic Youth Ensembles in 1970, the DSO has been a national leader in bringing the benefits of music education to students, teachers, and families in Detroit and surrounding communities. The DSO remains committed to expanding its participation in the growth and well-being of Detroit through programs like its Detroit Neighborhood Initiative—cultural events co-created with community partners and residents—and Detroit Harmony, a promise to provide an instrument and instruction to any student in the city who wants to learn. With unwavering support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact lives through the power of unforgettable musical experiences.