Herbie Hancock, aka “Thumbsishi”
I love Herbie Hancock. He’s one of my top 5 favorite musicians. He’s done amazing work in multiple genres, he’s a melodic and funky player, and he writes great tunes (Dolphin Dance is freaking beautiful).
So I am digging this live performance of Chameleon (not coincidentally because my high school jazz band students are working on this tune right now). But watch the close-ups.
I have to say it…could there be another pianist out there of his caliber with SMALLER fingers?! He looks like he couldn’t reach more than an octave! And yet he makes such great music with those little stumps!