“Quincy Jones is a dear friend of mine and he keeps saying to me, ‘You’ve got to do a book,’” Hancock said Tuesday during a telephone interview with TheAP from Shanghai, where he is currently on tour. “I’ve had a life that has taken many interesting paths. I’ve learned a lot from mentors who were instrumental in shaping me and I want to share what I’ve learned.”
The groundbreaking Jazz player, who just turned 72 last week, is a winner of 14 Grammys and is known for his creative style of mix of Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk and Electronic music.
The book will be, in part about his spiritual journey as a Buddhist and beyond. He’ll also discuss of course music and life.
“I am hoping this book will not only appeal to jazz fans,” he said. “Being a musician is not what I am, it’s what I do,” he explained. “To my wife, I’m not Herbie Hancock the musician. I’m her husband. When I’m talking to a neighbor, I’m a neighbor. When I vote, I’m a citizen.”