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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Goodnight everyone, and have a jazzed up weekend!

“It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.”

Herbie Hancock

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

We put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, selections from a musical heavyweight.

Some people never make it for all their trying into the music business. Many that do are around for the blink of an eye.

Tonight’s featured artist has been performing for five decades and has amassed a nearly endless resume and list of awards.

Pianist, composer, and American jazz icon Herbie Hancock turned 72 this week.

From his bio on his official website:

Born in Chicago in 1940, Herbie was a child piano prodigy who performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. He began playing jazz in high school, initially influenced by Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans. He also developed a passion for electronics and science, and double-majored in music and electrical engineering at Grinnell College.”

Miles Davis asked Hancock to be in his quintet in 1963 and after five years, Hancock went solo.

In the 70's he formed his own band, The Head Hunters. Their debut album of the same name was the first jazz album to go platinum.

One of Hancock's best-remembered pieces was on the head Hunters' second album, "Thrust" in 1974. 

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Twenty years later, Hancock did his own remake of "Butterfly."


In the mid-70's, Hancock released "Man-Child" during the height of the disco craze. Hancock would stay true to his roots.


From the Betcha Didn't Know file...

Hancock wrote the soundtrack to the Fat Albert animated series in 1969.

The album is called Fat Albert Rotunda.

In keeping with our goodnight theme...

"Tell Me a Bedtime Story."

That’s it for this evening.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

To learn more about Herbie Hancock, and there's a lot, go to his official website.

We close with a classic.


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