Name: Herbie Hancock Age: 69 Country of origin: US Discovered: In 1960, at the age of 20, he was discovered by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd. Byrd introduced Hancock to all sorts of jazz musicians and producers and two years later, he recorded his first album Takin' Off with Blue Note Records. It was this album that caught the attention of Miles Davis, who then invited Hancock to join one of his quintets. Debut album: Takin' Off (1962) Career highlights: 12 Grammy awards An Oscar in 1986 for the original soundtrack of Round Midnight Dozens of other awards from VH1, MTV, BMI Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, etc Hancock has recorded 47 studio albums. The most influential was 1983's Future Shock, recorded with avant-garde bassist Bill Laswell. Its biggest hit, Rockit, was the first mainstream single to incorporate turntable scratching In 2001 Hancock and Laswell recorded Future2Future Memorable quotes: 'Being a musician is what I do, but it's not what I am.' 'Jazz is about being in the moment.'