Chick Corea to Perform on a Yamaha C7X SH at the Alys Stephens Center
Ellis Piano has prepared a Yamaha C7X SH to be used for the Chick Corea concert to be held at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center tomorrow night!
Armando Anthony (Chick) Corea is a world-renowned, American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist and composer. He was born June 12, 1941 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He was introduced to the piano at the age of four by his father, a jazz trumpet player who led a Dixieland band in Boston in the 1930s and 1940s.
Growing up surrounded by jazz music, Corea was influenced at an early age by big stars such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Lester Young. At age eight, he studied classical music with concert pianist Salvatore Sullo, which helped to ignite his interest in composing. Also at age eight, he started playing drums, which later influenced his use of the piano as a percussion instrument. Eventually, Corea studied music education for one month at Columbia University in New York City and six months at Julliard. He found both experiences to be disappointing, but, since he liked the music scene in New York City, decided to stay there and launch his professional music career.
In the 1960s, Corea was a member of the Miles Davis Band and participated in the birth of the electric jazz fusion movement. From 1968 – 1971, his playing took a turn toward dissonance during his Avant garde period. In the early 1970s, he formed the band Return to Forever. The band played a crossover jazz fusion style that incorporated Latin jazz elements and used both acoustic and electronic instruments. Corea continued to collaborate with other musicians and explore different styles of music throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
In more recent years, Corea became interested in contemporary classical music. He composed his first piano concerto in 1999 and performed it with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004, he composed his first work not to feature keyboards; it was called String Quartet No. 1. He also continued to release jazz fusion concept albums around this time.
In 2008, the third version of Return to Forever reunited for a worldwide tour. Also in 2008, a new group called The 5 Peace Band, which featured Corea, also launched a world tour. Most recently in 2013, Corea is in the new band called Chick Corea & the Vigil.
Chick Corea is definitely a pioneer jazz pianist. He has been hailed as being one of the major jazz piano voices to emerge in the post-John Coltrane era, and many of his compositions are considered to be standards in the jazz literature. He is also known for supporting a number of different social issues with both his time and his financial resources.
Ellis Piano is proud to welcome such a well-known and high calibre pianist to Birmingham. It is an honor for us to be a part of this concert that will take place this Friday night in such an outstanding venue as the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center!
Jason Ellis prepping the Yamaha C7X SH for the concert at the Alys Stephens Center tomorrow night.