Chick Corea/Stanley Clarke/Jack DeJohnette Trio, Mon. September 10, 2012

 

Chick Corea/Stanley Clarke/Jack DeJohnette Trio
Celebrating Jack’s 70th birthday

Monday, September 10, 2012
At the Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz

“… a compelling, multi-layered musical expressiveness.” – Don Heckman, International Review of Music

Dream-team jazz virtuosos Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke join with Jack DeJohnette – a recipient of the NEA 2012 Jazz Master Award – to celebrate DeJohnette’s 70th birthday. Corea and DeJohnette first performed together, in 1968, at the start of Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way/Bitches Brew era. Clarke was a 20-year-old wunderkind on acoustic and electric basses when he appeared on Corea’s first Return to Forever recordings in the early ’70s, a project that has been revived in recent years. Individually, these three artists have participated in decades of musical innovation, transcending the boundaries of jazz, rock, Latin, and classical. Like sorcerers weaving a spell, Corea, Clarke, and DeJohnette turn music into magic.

The esteemed drummer/composer Jack DeJohnette celebrates his 70th birthday this year, and 56 years as a professional musician. Although he started out as a pianist, DeJohnette couldn’t resist the allure of the drums. He began playing drums in high school, and was equally in-demand as a pianist and as a drummer in his early career. Ultimately, the drums won out. His first high profile gig was with saxophonist Charles Lloyd in a band that also included his ‘future employer,’ pianist Keith Jarrett. More work followed with Jackie McLean, Betty Carter, and Stan Getz. In 1968, DeJohnette landed the drum chair with Miles Davis, replacing Tony Williams. It was the start of Davis’ “Electric Miles” phase, and Miles was enjoying notoriety beyond the jazz world. DeJohnette gained prominence through his playing on Jack Johnson, Bitches Brew, Live at the Fillmore, and other recordings with Davis. Jack was also starting to receive attention for leading his own groups, Compost, Directions, and Special Edition. However, his most long-lasting musical association, for over two decades, has been with pianist Keith Jarrett’s trio with bassist Gary Peacock.

Chick Corea  (a 2006 recipient of the NEA Jazz Master Award) has been a leading light in creative music for five decades. From his early work with Mongo Santamaria, Stan Getz, and Miles Davis, to his avant garde adventures in Circle (with Anthony Braxton), Corea has made a deep imprint on jazz. In 1972, Chick formed what became one of the most popular jazz/fusion bands, Return to Forever, with bass prodigy Stanley Clarke. Clarke had been stunning listeners in his performances with Horace Silver, Pharoah Sanders, Joe Henderson, and other major jazz artists before joining up with Chick. He also went on to record his own solo projects, and collaborated with keyboardist George Duke on several albums. However, this special tour marks the first time Corea, Clarke and DeJohnette have toured together as a trio.

CALENDAR INFO
Chick Corea/Stanley Clarke/Jack DeJohnette Trio

DATE: Monday, September 10, 2012
PLACE: Rio Theatre
ADDRESS: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
TIME: 7:30 PM
TICKETS:  Concert is sold out
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan
sandy@kuumbwajazz.org

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