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Herbie Hancock Lands Role In Luc Besson's Valerian Film


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The French director revealed the news on Instagram.com on Saturday (12Dec15), posting a headshot of his music idol with the caption, "Herbie Hancock is a legend. His music was my only friend at 14... I learn so much listening this genius (sic)... I'm proud to have him for a role in #Valerian."

Besson has yet to reveal Hancock's role in the film. The musician last appeared onscreen in 2002 drama Hitters.

Hancock fellow music artist Rihanna in the movie, as well as Ethan Hawke, Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan.

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Quincy Jones Honoured For Humanitarian Work


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The songwriter and producer received the Humanitarian Award from officials at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at their gala event, where he was celebrated with special performances from Ledisi, Patti Austin, saxophonist Jimmy Heath and George Benson.

Meanwhile, singer Jazzmeia Horn was crowned the winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Competition, landing the 23 year old a $23,000 (£14,375) scholarship and a recording contract with the Concord Music Group.

The event closed with an ensemble rendition of Jones' classic We Are the World charity anthem, performed as a tribute to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday (13Nov15), which claimed the lives of over 120 people.

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Lady Gaga Presented With Art Award


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The pop star was presented with the Young Artist Award in recognition for her contribution to the art world during the annual gala for Americans for the Arts in her native New York City.

She was introduced to the stage by her friend and art mentor Klaus Biesenbach, who serves as a curator for the Museum of Modern Art, and he praised the singer for being a "true artist" and "role model" for the countless number of fans she has "touched, inspired, empowered and encouraged".

An emotional Gaga took to the podium to accept the award, a metal balloon dog made by her artist friend Jeff Koons, who also created the cover art for her most recent record, Artpop.

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Sophia Loren Dismayed By Selfie Culture


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Sophia Loren hates selfie culture.

The 81-year-old screen icon is dismayed by the credence given to social media and the fact people can be famous for having millions of Twitter or Instagram followers.

Sophia feels relieved she worked in an era when ''skill and talent'' garnered you respect rather than relentless self-promotion.

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Quincy Jones To Be Honoured For Philanthropic Efforts


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The 82 year old will receive the Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award in recognition of spearheading the production of benefit recordings for African famine relief and victims of Superstorm Sandy, which ravaged America's East Coast in 2012.

Jones will be feted with an all-star jazz tribute, featuring Hancock, Arturo Sandoval, Al Jarreau, George Benson and Dee Dee Bridgewater, among others.

"The fact that, for many years now, he has continued to support, encourage and nurture the younger generation of musical artists, from Michael Jackson, and beyond, is an astounding tribute to his legacy," Hancock tells Rolling Stone. "Now at age 82, Quincy is just getting started."

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Jazz Mogul Bruce Lundvall Dead At 79


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Bruce Lundvall, a former CEO at Blue Note Records, passed away on Tuesday (19May15) in a New Jersey hospital after failing to regain consciousness following recent surgery, according to his biographer Dan Ouellette.

As well as Hancock and Jones, Lundvall is credited with signing Wynton Marsalis and Natalie Cole to Blue Note.

He began his career at Columbia Records and built up the label's jazz roster. He also had executive positions at Elektra Records and Manhattan.

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Noble Awards

Herbie Hancock - A host of celebrities were photographed as they arrived for The 3rd Annual Noble Awards which honor humanitarians and their hard work around the world. The awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Saturday 28th February 2015

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Herbie Hancock And Chick Corea Touring Together Again After 37 Years


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Jazz icons Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are reuniting to embark on their first tour together in 37 years.

The renowned musicians and longtime friends will kick off a joint world tour of piano concerts in Seattle, Washington in March (15), almost four decades after they last teamed up to play acoustic grand pianos side-by-side with Hancock's Headhunters and Corea's Return to Forever bands.

Announcing the news, a "very excited" Hancock revealed he and Corea are "like family without the arguments" with "compatible outlooks on life and music".

The Jazz Foundation Of America Presents The 13th Annual 'A Great Night In Harlem' Gala Concert

Herbie Hancock - The Jazz Foundation of America presents the 13th annual 'A Great Night in Harlem' gala concert held at The Apollo - New York, New York, United States - Friday 24th October 2014

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SF Jazz 2014 Honoring Herbie Hancock

Vinnie Colaiuta, Diane Derheim, Lionel Loueke and Don Derheim - The 2014 SFJAZZ Gala on May 16, 2014 will feature performances by the legendary Herbie Hancock with the star-studded award-winning SFJAZZ Collective, the award-winning SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, and an AfterJam party with Charles Bradley, and special surprise guests. - San Francisco, California, United States - Saturday 17th May 2014

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TFF Presents NY Premiere Of Keep On Keepin On

Herbie Hancock - TFF presents the New York Premiere of 'Keep On Keepin' on' - NYC, New York, United States - Sunday 20th April 2014

Tribeca Film Festival 2014 - 'Keep On Keepin' On' Premiere

Herbie Hancock - 'Keep On Keepin' On' premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Saturday 19th April 2014

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Pharrell Williams Explains The Reasons Behind His Son's Name, Rocket.


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Pharrell Williams, the hip-hop artist best known for the Oscar-nominated single 'Happy', revealed the meaning behind the name of his son Rocket Ayer, born in 2008. The name serves as a homage to Williams' favourite musicians, Roy Ayers, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock.

Related: Pharrell Won Some Awesome Contestants For His Team On The Voice. Also Our Hearts.

Williams stated that he and his wife, designer/model Helen Lasichanh, wanted to give their son an inspirational name while also honouring their musical idols. This was achieved through the name 'Rocket', as it serves as both a symbol of souring high, and is found in the name of a song by several artists that Williams enjoys.

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Snoop Dogg And John Kerry Living A Boss' Life In The White House [Video]


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The Obama administration has seen some unlikely celebrity allies rub shoulders with the political elite, yet the recent encounter between Secretary of State John Kerry and Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Doggy Dogg, aka Snoopzilla, might be the best yet. The two exchanged words during a White House reception held for Kennedy Centre honourees, with the exchange ending in a fist bump between the two, an event that has caused the internet to go into meltdown mode.

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Like we needed any more convincing that Snoop is a Boss

In the inaudible video, posted by Snoop on to his Instagram page, the two are seen involved in discussion, laughing with each other and slapping each other's shoulders, with their talk ending in a fist bump. Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, is stood next to the pair, chatting with other guests, whilst the two men engage each other in an animated chat. It's occasions and chance meetings like these that is why cellphone cameras are a godsend!

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Stevie Wonder Performs Classic 1976 Album In Full At Charity Gig


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Stevie Wonder turned his annual holiday benefit into a star-studded affair on Saturday (21Dec13) as he performed his classic double album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety, with a little help from the likes of John Mayer and Herbie Hancock.

The Superstition legend delighted guests at the House Full of Toys gala by revisiting the 37-year-old album with many of the same bandmembers who had played on the original 1976 release.

Opening the show, he told the crowd, "Truly, I wanted to do this for years... but it felt like it was meant to be right now."

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