Twelve-time Grammy Award-winner Herbie Hancock is a jazz icon who has been an integral part of every jazz movement since his arrival on the scene in the '60s. The internationally renowned pianist and composer was born in Chicago and began playing piano at age seven. When he was 20 years old, Hancock was invited by Donald Byrd to join his band. Byrd later helped him secure a recording contract with Blue Note Records. Hancock's debut album, Takin' Off, included "Watermelon Man," the first of many top-ten hits.