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Hancock honored at jazz benefit concert at Apollo

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Jazz legend Herbie Hancock says he’s ready to look for another job after hearing 11-year-old Indonesian jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander pay tribute to him at a benefit concert for the Jazz Foundation of America at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater.

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Herbie Hancock memoir set for Oct. 28 release

In this Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, file photo, Herbie Hancock arrives at the LA Philharmonic’s Walt Disney Hall 10th Anniversary Celebration at Walt Disney Concert Hall, in Los Angeles. AP

Publisher Viking announced Thursday that the Grammy-winning musician’s book, titled “Herbie Hancock: Possibilities,” has a release date of Oct. 28. The memoir will be co-written by Lisa Dickey, who has also worked on books by Jane Lynch and Cissy Houston.

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Innovative jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd dies at 80

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Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as “Black Byrd,” has died. He was 80.

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Judge dismisses lawsuit over Grammy category cuts

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A lawsuit filed against the Recording Academy over its decision to trim the Grammy Award categories, eliminating such categories as Latin jazz, has been dismissed.

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