Herbie Hancock is among the musicians I hold in the highest regard.  He is one of my favorite piano players, but beyond that represents my ideals of artistry.  His career is distinguished not only by the many icons that have been his peers, but also by the breadth of genre and style that he has so comfortably and willingly explored; he is a true chameleon (sorry, it was right there and I couldn’t resist).  He is also a champion of cultural exchange and respect and has always been a strong voice for the power of music to be a transformative force to affect both personal and social change.  His latest endeavor, The Imagine Project, is an excellent example of his commitment to bond cultures and spread enlightenment.