Jan 14, 2010
On Saturday, January 16, Symphony Space presents "Celebrating Chick Corea." Chick Corea is one of the most prodigious performers and prolific composers of our time. The concert features performances of many of his greatest "hits" as well as lesser-known treasures by a number of long-time Corea collaborators. The all-star cast assembled specially for this tribute in consultation with Corea, who will be in the house for the celebration, includes Gary Burton, Geoffrey Keezer, Hans Glawischnig, Antonio Sanchez, Marcus Gilmore, the evening's musical director Tim Garland, Steve Davis, Diane Monroe, Jeremiah Campbell and The Harlem String Quartet. The event is presented in collaboration with Chamber Music America, which will honor Corea during its national conference "Big Ideas for Presenting Small Ensembles" January 14-17.
Serving as the evening's musical director is saxophonist Tim Garland; hailed as "a stunning virtuoso" by the "Daily Telegraph," he was named Musician of the Year in 2006 by the Cross-Parliamentary Jazz Society. Vibraphonist Gary Burton is well known for his lengthy collaboration with Chick Corea: the duo has won five Grammy Awards, most recently in 2009 for "The New Crystal Silence." Bassist Hans Glawischnig has emerged as an up-and-coming talent in the international jazz scene, performing with Stefon Harris, Paquito D'Riviera, Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau and Ray Barretto. Violinist Diane Monroe has performed with a wide array of artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Max Roach, establishing herself as a premiere crossover artist.
Here's a little Chick to brighten your day - click here and listen to "Fickle Funk", a number from his 1978 album Secret Agent, featuring a core band of Corea on any number of keyboards, Joe Farrell on flute and sax, Bunny Brunell on bass, Airto on percussion and Tom Brechtlein on drums. Wife Gayle Moran contributed various vocals across the album.
Tickets for Celebrating Chick Corea are available in person: 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10023 - Tuesday-Sunday, 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., by telephone: (212) 864-5400, Tuesday-Sunday, 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. , or online: symphonyspace.org