Chick Corea and The Vigil, Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chick Corea and The Vigil

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz
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“His career is among the most kaleidoscopic in jazz.” – The New York Times

No one can accuse Chick Corea of resting on his laurels. A leading light in creative music for five decades, Corea is always exploring new avenues of expression. The Vigil, his latest project, features all new compositions and some reworkings of old favorites. The new band includes Hadrien Feraud on bass; Marcus Gilmore (grandson of drum legend Roy Haynes) on drums; Tim Garland on saxophones, flute, bass clarinet; and Charles Altura on guitar. From his early work with Mongo Santamaria, Stan Getz, and Miles Davis, to his avant-garde adventures in Circle with Anthony Braxton, to pioneering fusion with Return To Forever, Corea tackles it all with a contagious enthusiasm. The 17-time Grammy award-winner and NEA Jazz Master award recipient has achieved an artistic standard that is rare in the music world.

Born seventy-one years ago in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea started playing piano at age four. He took up the drums at age eight, but the piano eventually won out, although he still occasionally plays drums in concert. His first major gigs were with the bands of Latin-jazz masters Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo, an experience that gave him a solid footing in Afro-Cuban rhythms. Influenced by pianists Horace Silver and Bud Powell, Corea’s brilliant keyboard work began to get attention around New York City. He went on to work with Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann, and Stan Getz. His first recording date as a leader, Tones For Jones Bones in 1966, was an auspicious one. It stands today as a milestone marker for the changes a new generation of musicians were bringing to jazz. Two years later he recorded another major classic, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs with Miroslav Vitous, and Roy Haynes. Corea’s playing caught the ear of Miles Davis and, in 1968, he joined Miles’ band, replacing Herbie Hancock. His appearance on the Filles de Kilimanjaro album coincided with Miles’ entry into jazz/rock, and Corea participated in what became classic recordings of the electric jazz era: In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew.

In 1970 Corea left Miles to lead his own groups, starting with the avant-garde Circle. Two years later, he began the first iteration of Return to Forever, a Brazilian-tinged unit, featuring Airto and Flora Purim, that soon transformed into a high energy, guitar-driven fusion quartet, then morphed into a softer-edged large ensemble with a horn section. In the mid-’80s, he formed the high-tech Elektric Band, and its “low-tech” counterpart Akoustic Band. In the ’90s, he toured with a revamped Elektric Band II. More recently, he was part of the Five Peace Band, with guitar great John McLaughlin. These are just a few of the projects and collaborations that Corea has been a part of through the years – acoustic or electric, small or large. Additionally, he has jammed on stage with ear-blasting rock bands at the Grammy Awards and performed classical music with symphonic orchestras in concert halls. Through it all, Chick Corea has pursued an artistic vision that takes delight in the inspiration of the moment and in the pure joy of performance.

Chick Corea and the Vigil

DATE: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: both shows sold out.
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Dan Muse

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