CHICK COREA Announces Unprecedented Two-Month Birthday Celebration at The Blue Note

8 Consecutive Weeks, 80 Shows,  
15 Legendary Bands, 60 Iconic Musicians
October 19 through December 12, 2016 in New York City
 
  
Aaron Meekcoms, courtesy of Chick Corea Productions
New York, NY - June 6, 2016 - This fall, 22-time GRAMMY® Award-winning keyboardist and composer Chick Corea will make history with an unprecedented two-month 75th birthday celebration at The Blue Note, his musical home in New York City

Running October 19 through December 12, 2016, the 80-show engagement will feature Corea leading 15 legendary bands comprised of 60 musical friends from over half a century, marking a birthday celebration groundbreaking in scale, artistry and sheer musical power.

The full residency schedule can be found at the bottom of this press release.

Select highlights include:
  • "The Music of Return to Forever & More"
    The premiere of two unique ensembles playing the music of Return to Forever over the course of two respective weeks: Acoustic featuring Ravi Coltrane (sax), Hubert Laws (flute), Avishai Cohen (bass), and Lenny White (drums); and Electric featuring John McLaughlin (guitar), Victor Wooten (bass), and Lenny White (drums).
  • "For Miles"
    A celebration of the music of Miles Davis, featuring Kenny Garrett (saxophone) Wallace Roney (trumpet), Mike Stern (guitar), Marcus Miller (bass) and Brian Blade (drums).
  • Steve Gadd Week
    A deep dive into Corea's longtime musical partnership with drummer Steve Gadd through two different ensembles:  Three Quartets featuring bassist Eddie Gomez (bass) and Ben Solomon (saxo) and The Leprechaun Band.
  • "Experiments in Electronica"
    Since the 1960s, Corea's pioneering work on electronic keyboards (spanning Miles Davis, Return to Forever and the Elektric Band) has inspired generations of electronic musical innovators. This special two-night run will offer Chick's latest take on all things electronic, joined by Marcus Gilmore (drums) and leading genre-defying electronic explorers (TBA).
Corea's first Blue Note birthday run, marking his 60th anniversary in the fall of 2001, was a cathartic two-week engagement for a city just beginning to heal following the 9/11 attacks. The run produced the GRAMMY®-winning album Rendezvous in New York. In November 2011, he returned to The Blue Note with a month-long 70th birthday residency featuring countless artistic giants. This year's 75th birthday celebration marks his most ambitious Blue Note residency ever.

"From the level of talent that will be presented to the number of shows to the overall duration, this is an unrivaled residency in so many ways," says Steven BensusanPresident of Blue Note Entertainment Group. "You never see an artist take residency in a venue for this amount of time consecutively, and on this scale."

"Though most importantly, the fact that it commemorates our longtime friend and legend Chick Corea's 75th birthday makes this truly special, especially given Blue Note's deep relationship with Chick over the past 30 years," adds Bensusan. "We're looking forward to making history with Chick this fall."

Ticketing Information:
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Wednesday, June 8 at 1pm EDT through Thursday, June 23 at 12:59pm EDT. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning on Thursday, June 23 at 1pm EDT. All tickets can be purchased at www.bluenotejazz.com or call 212-475-8592.
 
Chick Corea's 75th Birthday Celebration will feature two shows nightly, at 8pm and 10:30pm.

CHICK COREA 
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 
AT THE BLUE NOTE
Full Schedule 
 
Wednesday - Sunday, October 19-23
THE CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND
Chick Corea (keyboards), Eric Marienthal (saxes), 
Frank Gamble (guitar), John Patitucci (bass), Dave Weckl (drums)
 
Wednesday - Sunday, October 26-30
FOR MILES
Chick Corea (keyboards), Kenny Garrett (saxes), Wallace Roney (trumpet), 
Mike Stern (guitar), Marcus Miller (bass), Brian Blade (drums)
 
Wednesday - Thursday, November 2-3
THREE QUARTETS BAND
Chick Corea (piano), Steve Gadd (drums), Eddie Gomez (bass), Ben Solomon (sax)
 
Friday - Sunday, November 4-6
THE LEPRECHAUN BAND
Chick Corea (keyboards), Steve Gadd (drums), Gayle Moran Corea (vocals), 
Steve Wilson (sax & flute), Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Steve Davis (trombone), 
Eddie Gomez (acoustic bass), TBA (electric bass)
 
Wednesday - Thursday, November 9-10
EXPERIMENTS IN ELECTRONICA
Chick Corea (keyboards + computers), Marcus Gilmore (drums)
Leading Genre-Defying Electronic Explorers (TBA)
 
Friday - Sunday, November 11 - 13
CHICK'S FLAMENCO HEART
Chick Corea (keyboards), Jorge Pardo (sax & flute), Niño Josele (acoustic guitar), Carles Benevant (bass), Tom Brechtlein (drums), Luisito Quintero (percussion), Flamenco Dancer (TBA), Vocalist (TBA)
 
Wednesday - Thursday, November 16-17
THE CHICK COREA BIG BAND
Chick Corea (keyboards), Erlend Skomsvoll (arranger & conductor), 
the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra - 13-Piece Big Band (8 horns, guitar, bass & drums)
 
Friday - Sunday, November 18-20
CHICK COREA PIANO DUETS
Artists TBA (Different Pianist Each Night)
 
Tuesday - Wednesday, November 22 & 23
CHICK COREA & GARY BURTON
with the Harlem String Quartet
Chick Corea (piano), Gary Burton (vibes), 
Ilmar Gavilán (violin), Melissa White (violin), 
Jaime Amador (viola), Felix Umansky (cello)
 
Friday - Sunday, November 25-27
ORIGIN II
Chick Corea (piano), Ravi Coltrane (sax), 
Steve Wilson (sax & flute), Steve Davis (trombone), 
Carlitos Del Puerto (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums)
 
Wednesday - Sunday, November 30 - December 4
THE MUSIC OF RETURN TO FOREVER AND MORE (ACOUSTIC)
Chick Corea (keyboards), Ravi Coltrane (sax), 
Hubert Laws (flute), Avishai Cohen (bass), Lenny White (drums)
 
Wednesday, December 7
TBA
 
Thursday - Sunday, December 8-12
THE MUSIC OF RETURN TO FOREVER AND MORE (ELECTRIC)
Chick Corea (keyboards), John McLaughlin (guitar), 
Victor Wooten (bass), Lenny White (drums)


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About Chick Corea:
Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in GRAMMY® Awards history with 63 nods - and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin GRAMMYS®. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children's songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late '60s and early '70s. For additional information on Chick Corea, go to www.chickcorea.com.
 
About Blue Note Entertainment Group:
Blue Note Entertainment Group, founded in 1981 by Danny Bensusan, is a multi-faceted entertainment company that owns and operates New York's Blue Note Jazz Club, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Highline Ballroom, Subrosa, and Lucille's Grill; The Howard Theatre (Washington D.C.); and Blue Note Jazz Clubs Worldwide (Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan; Milan, Italy; Waikiki, Hawaii; and forthcoming locations in China). The company also programs the Regattabar Jazz Club (Cambridge, MA) and Blue Note-branded concerts throughout Italy. Blue Note Entertainment Group presents shows outside of its club network. The annual Blue Note Jazz Festival was established in 2011 and has since grown to become the largest jazz festival in New York City each June. Subsidiaries of Blue Note Entertainment Group include the GRAMMY®-nominated record label Half Note Records, whose catalogue includes over fifty titles recorded live at New York's Blue Note Jazz Club, as well as Blue Note Travel, Management Group and Media Group. The organization has presented many of the music industry's greatest artists over the past 35 years, including jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughn, Chris Botti, and many more. For more information, go to www.bluenoteentertainmentgroup.com.