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Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock recorded his first hit record in 1962. It was a funky instrumental Blue Note album called Takin’ Off, and it couldn’t have been more appropriate. The next year he was swooped up by Miles Davis, where he spent the bulk of the 1960s, and he hasn’t looked back since. In his 40s, Hancock’s embrace of modern technology made him an early MTV pinup with “Rockit,” and less than 10 years ago he rather surprisingly won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Today, Hancock is still an active performer and educator, serving as institute chairman with the UCLA-housed Thelonious Monk Institute, and he has written an autobiography, Possibilities, about that oft-wild ride. He’ll be talking with a local pillar of jazz journalism, Don Heckman, a man with his own tome of wild tales just waiting to be unleashed. Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Hlywd.; Mon., Nov. 3, 8 p.m.; $15 general, $34 general including copy of the book. (310) 658-3110, booksoup.com.

Mon., Nov. 3, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 11/03/14)