CLEARWATER – Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea will perform Friday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St.
Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
When the legendary artist recorded “Piano Improvisations” on the ECM label in 1971, he was the first jazz pianist of his era to release such a recording. This groundbreaking album literally opened the floodgates to a new genre of solo piano that continues strong today.
In 2018, Corea embarks on his latest solo adventure, embracing the work of his piano heroes – including Bill Evans Thelonious Monk – as well as gorgeous classical excursions and the deep catalog of classic Corea compositions.
Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods – and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammy Awards. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of trumpeter Miles Davis in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Yet Corea has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a who’s who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll.
Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art.
Corea’s classic albums as a leader or co-leader include “Now He Sings,” “Now He Sobs” (with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes), “Paris Concert” (with Circle: Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland and Barry Altschul) and “Return to Forever” (with Return to Forever: Joe Farrell, Stanley Clarke, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim), as well as “Crystal Silence” (with Gary Burton), “My Spanish Heart,” “Remembering Bud Powell,” and “Further Explorations” (with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Paul Motian).
A venturesome collaborator, Corea has teamed with artists from jazz legend Lionel Hampton to new-generation pianist Stefano Bollani, from banjoist Béla Fleck to vocal superstar Bobby McFerrin. His duo partnerships with vibraphonist Gary Burton and pianist Herbie Hancock have endured decades.