As a member of the iconic Miles Davis band of the 1960s, Chick Corea was a key figure in the early days of the electronic jazz fusion movement. He is still considered one of the most influential jazz pianists! His band will perform at the Prudential Hall.

Chick Corea at the Prudent Hall

This Massachusetts-born musician entered the industry under the influence of his father, a trumpet player. At the age of eight, Corea was clearly a natural genius, who could play piano and percussion. After a brief study of music in New York City at Columbia University and the famous Juilliard School-Corea decided to focus on performing in the local music industry.

This decision will always benefit the jazz genre! The networks and friendships he established during the highly formed period of jazz enabled him to collaborate and record records with the influential Miles Davis.

Who is Chick Corea?

Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea (June 12, 1941-February 9, 2021) was an American jazz composer, keyboardist, band conductor, and occasional percussionist. His works “Spain”, “500 Miles High”, “La Fiesta”, “Armando’s Rhumba” and “Windows” are widely regarded as the standards of jazz.

As a member of the Miles Davis band in the late 1960s, he participated in the birth of Jazz Fusion. In the 1970s, he founded Return to Forever. Corea is considered one of the most important jazz pianists in the post-John Coltrane era. Corea continued to collaborate frequently in the 1980s and 1990s while exploring different musical styles. He has won 25 Grammy Awards and has been nominated more than 60 times. Corea died of a recently diagnosed rare cancer at his home in Tampa Bay, Florida. On February 9, 2021, at the age of 79.

Tribute bands

A new band Chick Corea & The Vigil features Corea and bassist Hadrien Feraud. They are accompanied by drummer Marcus Gilmore, saxophone, flute, and bass clarinet from Origin veterinarian Tim Garland, and guitarist Charles Altura. Corea celebrated his 75th birthday in 2016. He gave a six-week performance at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village, New York City. During it, he played with more than 20 different groups. “I very well ignored the numbers that make up’age’. This seems to be the best approach. I have always focused on having the greatest pleasure in musical adventures.”

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