Herbie Hancock has been at the center of so many transformations in jazz that only comparisons to the titans Miles Davis and John Coltrane — both of whom he worked with and learned from — seem apt. As if it wasn’t enough to turn jazz-funk into pop music and help create the genre of post-bop, Hancock has continued to rethink and re-situate jazz well into the sixth decade of his career. He has celebrated the genius of Joni Mitchell and jammed with Flying Lotus and Thundercat, and recently traveled the globe for the Imagine Project, an improvisational masterpiece of world music. That restlessness, that willingness to take risks, both artistic and commercial, defines his art. His genius remains singular and boundless.
Anti-Luddites Unite: Hancock has always been obsessed with technology. From the keytar to sample triggers to using an array of iPads to create surround sound, there’s no telling what circuits he’ll bend next.
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7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 10. Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard. $50 to $100. 314-534-1700.