Legends aren’t made, they’re born. Jazz pianist Chick Corea embodies this ideal through his unique musical vision, blending jazz with Latin, avant-garde and post-bop and showing his additional influences of classical greats Mozart and Beethoven. The piano was truly a percussive instrument for Corea. Born in 1941, Corea began his musical schooling at age four in Massachusetts and went on to study music in New York at Columbia University and Julliard. Post-college, Corea began performing and collaborating with Latin jazz musicians Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo, musicians Herbie Mann and Sarah Vaughan and eventually collaborated with Miles Davis on the forever-famous Bitches Brew (1970).
Today, Corea remains one of the greatest innovators in jazz piano of all time. A 16 Grammy-winning musician, Corea’s recent projects include his Elektric Band, the Akoustic Band, Origin, the Chick Corea New Trio with Avishai Cohen and Jeff Ballard and the Chick Corea Freedom Band with Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Roy Haynes. His most-recent award was for the 2010 release Five Peace Band – Live in which Corea (along with John McLaughlin, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Vinnie Colaiuta) won ‘Best Jazz Instrumental Album’.
Tune into 91.7 FM WMSE tomorrow on Rick Israel’s show (alternated with Paul Cebar; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.). An interview conducted by WMSE DJ Dr. Sushi (Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) and Corea will run at 10:30 a.m. Corea will perform with the Chick Corea Freedom Band this Thursday, June 17th at the Northern Lights Theater at 8 p.m.