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Herbie Hancock Honored At Benefit Concert

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Herbie Hancock was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at Harlem's Apollo Theater.

The "Great Night In Harlem" concert raised funds for the JFA which helps with emergency financial assistance and free medical care to musicians stricken by illness, hunger or housing issues.

Hosted by Bruce Willis, the benefit included a performance by Indonesian piano prodigy Joey Alexander, as well as a reunion of Hancock's influential jazz-fusion Mwandishi band, including Benny Maupin, Julian Priester, Eddie Henderson, Billy Hart and Buster Williams to perform the composition "Toys."

Other performances included Chaka Khan, Angelique Kidjo and bassist Verdine White, supported by "Late Night" band leader Paul Shaffer on piano, who performed Earth Wind & Fire's hits "Shining Star" and "That's the Way of the World." – Staff Writers