Beginnings of a stellar career
A gifted musician, Corea began his musical training at the very young age of four. By the time he was in high school, he was playing regular jazz gigs. After graduation, he moved to New York to study music at some of the top institutions like Columbia, and later the world renowned, Juilliard. While in the city he had also begun taking gigs with jazz superstars like Herbie Mann, trumpeter Bill Mitchell and Stan Getz.
In 1968, Corea gained his first big break when he replaced Herbie Hancock on keys for Miles Davis’ groundbreaking albums In a Silent Night and Bitches Brew. After two years of work with Davis, he left the group to find his own improvisational group Circle. Return to Forever was his next music vehicle and one of the more famous ones at that, blending Latin jazz and fusion before turning to electronic jazz and rock fusion.
After the disbandment of Return to Forever in 1975, the Chelsea-born artist went for a number of collaborative efforts with some of the biggest names in the industry. He worked on a series of projects with people like Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, Chaka Khan, Joe Henderson, Nancy Wilson, and several more. Mid-80 saw his return to the fusion concept with groups like the Elektric Band and Akoustic Band.
Unparalleled list of achievements
A virtuoso pianist and composer, Corea’s influence on the music world is unparalleled. Courtesy of his award wins and staggering artistic output, he has attained living legend status. During the course of his career, that spans over five decades, the master musician has scored twenty-two Grammy wins. With over sixty nominations, he is the fourth most-nominated artist in the history of Grammys. Corea has also won three Latin Grammy awards in the “Best Instrumental Album” category, which is another addition in the long list of his unprecedented achievements.
A prolific music explorer
Corea is considered one of the pioneers of jazz fusion for his contributions to the electric jazz fusion movement during the 60’s. He is also credited with the composition of a number of jazz standards including “Spain,” “Windows” and “La Fiesta.” The following decades saw Corea continue his musical explorations, experimenting with various styles ranging from bebop to fusion, children’s songs, chamber music to classical, and many more. All the while he has maintained an exceptional standard of excellence as he continues his relentlessly creative explorations to this day, generating new material for various music vehicles.
Following the release of his Billboard charting duet album Two with Bela Fleck, Corea embarks on tour to support the album. This extraordinary musician’s reputation precedes itself so Chick Corea tickets for his upcoming performances are generating great demand. Book your seats now before the tickets run out and enjoy a fabulous night of jazz.