Enlow Hall to host Herbie Hancock on opening night

UNION — Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University will open its 2013-2014 season with an unforgettable opening night concert by a true icon of modern music — legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Throughout his explorations, Hancock — a 14-time Grammy Award winner — has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Hancock has been an integral part of every jazz movement since the 1960s.

As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, he became one of the pioneers of the avant garde sound. His recordings during the ’70s combined electric jazz with funk and rock sounds in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music.

“Rockit” and “Future Shock” marked Hancock’s foray into electronic dance music and included several chart-topping hits; during the same period he continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis bandmates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.

Tickets to Opening Night with Herbie Hancock in Enlow Hall are $45 to $75 and can be purchased by calling Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-SHOW, online at http://enlowhall.kean.edu, or in person at Kean University’s Wilkins Theater Box Office.

Enlow Hall is situated on Kean University’s East Campus at 215 North Ave., Hillside. Renowned for its superb acoustics and elegant design, the newly renovated 300 seat Hall has been praised by noted performers and patrons for its intimate ambiance and proximity between musicians and audience members. For more information visit enlowhall.kean.edu.