Before there was this obsession with jazz and hip-hop, there was a different intersection of music happening on the streets on New York, LA, and other cities around the nation. 24 hours after Jimi Hendrix played his first notes at Woodstock, Miles Davis called his musicians — Lenny White included — into the studio for what would become the ‘Bitches Brew’ sessions and that would be the beginning of a sound and approach to music that White would come to define. The marriage of these rock and jazz aesthetics brought us groups like Return to Forever, Tony Williams’ Lifetime Band, and more. Read along as we delve into the roots of this style, White impact on the history, and where he sees the music going today.
The historic Newport Jazz Festival announced some very exciting additional acts for what is sure to be another great year for the festival. Featuring Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday Celebration: Wayne Shorter Quartet with special guests Herbie Hancock ,Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, & Brian Blade; for starters makes this a must-attend event.
The second volume of one of the most exciting releases from the Miles Davis collection we’ve seen in the past few years drops January 29th, 2013. It features the “Third Great Quintet” of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette.
Need some amazing music to smooth over the stress and trauma of the past week? You’re in luck! This week the Blue Note Jazz Club is hosting three nights (each with two sets) of a supergroup led by the incredible Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke featuring Ravi Coltrane on sax, Marcus Gilmore on drums, and Chalres Altura on guitar.
Cory Henry is consistently the guy in the back of the band that makes you shake and move with his infectious grooves. His style inspires viral videos of him blazing on the organ in church, performing with Snarky Puppy, and grinding in his bedroom to name only a few. Long story short, you want to see him play no matter the setting, style, instrument, or group. Cory brings it.
Gary Burton is one of the foremost innovators of the vibraphone. Moreover, his work as a soloist, duetist, band leader, band member, and educator has influenced countless generations of musicians. As he reaches the fortieth anniversary with one of his most prolific collaborations, that with Chick Corea, we asked him to look back on his career, their partnership, and the legacy he has left.
Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin recently concluded a tour of Europe with their longstanding duet collaboration that they frequently bring together. The master pianist brings his composition and arrangement skills into the forefront as one of the most technically skilled vocalists ever matches his musical prowess. Together the two legends bring a unique sense of originality and uniqueness to the music.
Whether it’s Akoustic or Elektric, Chick Corea has consistently risen the bar in music many times over. His career boasts extended collaborations with too many historic musicians to name. Moreover compositionally, he reaches even further with many tunes considered standards by the jazz community. For all of this and more, we celebrate pianist, composer, and artist Chick Corea for leading us in innovation through many decades and changes in jazz and popular music. Happy Birthday Chick, we look forward to many more years of your influence.
Chick Corea makes the short-list of innovators of the piano and keys. His sound is unmistakable, and his influence undeniable. For all of the lucky NYC fans, he will be performing a one night only, two set, solo piano experience at the Highline Ballroom on April 5, 2012. This is a rare chance to see the man who has brought together some of the greatest musicians we know, in a stripped down, intimate setting.
Happy Birthday to one of the world’s living legends of jazz piano, composition, and arranging, Billy Childs! Born March 8, 1957, Childs earned a degree in music composition from USC under the direction of Robert Linn. Childs went on to pursue a career as a solo pianist as well as arranger for artists such as Dianne Reeves (for which they received the Grammy for ‘Best Jazz Vocal CD”) as well as Gladys Knight, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti, and more. Moreover Chick Corea sought out Childs to join his label Stretch Records under which Billy recorded for a time.