[JPL] HERBIE HANCOCK PAYS TRIBUTE TO GEORGE GERSHWIN AT THE 50TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS ON FEB. 10TH IN LOS ANGELES

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THREE-TIME GRAMMY NOMINEE HERBIE HANCOCK PAYS TRIBUTE TO GEORGE GERSHWIN AT
THE 50TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS ON FEB. 10TH IN LOS ANGELES

GRAMMY "Album of the Year" nominee Herbie Hancock will perform George
Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" with pianist phenom Lang Lang at the 50th
annual GRAMMY awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday,
February 10th.  Prefacing that appearance, Hancock will play at  the
MusiCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Aretha Franklin on February 8th
at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Celebrating his first "Album of the Year" nod with 'River: The Joni
Letters', his tribute to Joni Mitchell, famed performer Hancock also
garnered nominations for "Best Contemporary Jazz Album" and "Best Jazz
Instrumental Solo." The record received tremendous critical acclaim, landing
on 'Best of '07' lists from the Wall Street Journal to the New Yorker.
"Intriguing and often inspired experiment in recontextualizing Mitchell's
work"
-     Steve Futterman, The New Yorker, 1.14.08

"a refreshingly different breed of 'concept' album"
- Jazz Times, Jan/Feb '08 (#4 Album of '07)

"not only among the more inquisitive and ingenious of 'tribute' albums, but
the most encouraging sign yet that pop music of the last three decades can
inspire probing, absorbing reinvention."
 - Gene Seymour, Newsday, 12.30.07 (#6 Album of '07)

Hear a stream of the "Best Jazz Instrumental Solo"-nominated "Both Sides
Now":
http://verve.edgeboss.net/wmedia/verve/herbie_hancock/river/audio/both_sides
_now.wax (WMA)
http://verve.edgeboss.net/qtime/verve/herbie_hancock/river/audio/both_sides_
now.mov (QT)

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