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Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

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Detroit Jazz Festival Downtown Detroit Detroit, Michigan August 31-September 3, 2018 Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and there was even a time when names such as Chaka Khan and Nancy Wilson rubbed noses with more mainstream sensibilities. There were even moments ...

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Chick Corea/Steve Gadd Band At Blues Alley

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Corea/Gadd Band Blues Alley Washington D.C. October 16, 2017 On an unusually warm evening in October, Chick Corea and Steve Gadd arrived in Washington D.C. for a highly anticipated residency at Blues Alley. The lineup was comprised of Luisito Quintero (percussion), Carlitos Del Puerto (acoustic and electric bass), Lionel Loueke (guitar), Steve Wilson (saxophone), Steve Gadd (drums), and Chick Corea (acoustic and electric piano). Chick Corea and Steve Gadd showed that incredible technique is best ...

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JazzTM Festival 2017

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Mentioned in documents as early as the 11th century and definitely existent in the 13th century, Timişoara is the heart of the Banat--a beautiful and rich Romanian region that has had its share of glory, beauty and hardship. Dan Diaconu, Deputy Mayor of Timisoara Municipality said, “Since its beginning, jazz was defined as a diverse and multicultural musical genre, even before these concepts existed, a continuum mix of people, feelings and music. A festival creates a symbol for ...

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The Chick Corea Elektric Band at the Metropolis Arena, Macedonia 2017

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Chick Corea Elektric Band Metropolis Arena Skopje, Macedonia July 2, 2017 At 76, keyboardist and pianist Chick Corea is still a force to be reckoned with in any way creatively. He has been one of jazz's most prolific artists who have continued an upward trajectory with a plethora of projects. Some of those have existed simultaneously shoulder to shoulder with each other regardless if they were diametrically opposed to one another. Not ...

JAZZ RACONTEURS

Chick Remembers Miles

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In celebration of Miles Davis' birthday, Chick Corea sent this note to me on the day Miles passed away (September 28, 1991). I'd like to share it with you all... Even though I played in his band for only two years, Miles has been a stable presence in my life since I began listening to him on recordings in the early '50s. Along with my father, Armando, there were two buddies I had--Joel Karp and Lenny Nelson--who used ...

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival Cheltenham, Gloucestershire April 26 to May 1, 2017 The Cheltenham Jazz Festival saw the jazz world descend on the Regency Spa Town of Cheltenham for six days. The festival presented a mix of established jazz acts with emerging artists, complemented by stars from the soul and blues world. It was a fine balancing act and the need to sell tickets broadened the festival's approach. Once again, Festival Director, Ian George, with ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Musician

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As people age, it's not uncommon to commemorate birthday milestones--specifically, those marking the passing of decades--with special celebrations, ranging from parties to vacations. In most cases, however, these festivities are private events, restricted to family and friends. Not Chick Corea. When this renowned pianist/keyboardist, composer, bandleader and guest participant in countless projects since emerging on the scene in the early '60s--Cab Calloway was his first professional hire, but was quickly eclipsed by gigging and recording with ...

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Chick Corea & Bela Fleck: Two

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The collaboration of pianist/composer Chick Corea and banjoist/composer Bela Fleck is a magnificent meeting of the minds, one as unlikely as jazz of any era is likely to see and hear. The ever-so-serious and often precious approach of the former is largely contrasted by the playful, though occasionally cute-to-a-fault latter, but the complementary nature of their playing together renders those blemishes of attitude moot precisely because, based largely in the spontaneity of the moments as captured on this set, the ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

Chick Corea

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Pianist Chick Corea is one of the major pioneers of fusion, with his influence since the 1960s also extending to post-bop, Latin, free-form and avant-garde jazz. He is a rarity in his proficiency and distinctiveness on both piano and synthesizers, and is one of the first players to fully exploit the potential of electronic instruments. Players influencing Corea include Mozart, Beethoven, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and, most of all, Bud Powell. He ranks with Herbie Hancock ...