Chick Corea

A pivotal figure in the birth of the jazz fusion movement, pianist and bandleader Chick Corea continued to push the boundaries of the genre beginning in the 1960s during a prolific and highly collaborative career ... Read more »

Born: 12/05/1941 in Chelsea, Maine, USA

Filmography

Actor (11)

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The BET Honors 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Miles and Friends 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime Coast to Coast: The London Sessions 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (8)

Koktebel 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Solaris 2002 (Movie)

("Eronel") (Song Performer)

Solaris 2002 (Movie)

("Eronel") (Song)

Red Hot 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Cat Chaser 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Cat Chaser 1990 (Movie)

("Cat Chaser") (Song Performer)

You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Second Edition 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Music

Biography

A pivotal figure in the birth of the jazz fusion movement, pianist and bandleader Chick Corea continued to push the boundaries of the genre beginning in the 1960s during a prolific and highly collaborative career which saw him pick up over 20 Grammy Awards. Born in Chelsea, MA in 1941, Corea was encouraged to master his instrument of choice from a young age by his jazz trumpeter father but first began performing as a percussionist in a drum and bugle corps band while at high school. After moving to New York, where he briefly studied at both Columbia University and the Juilliard School, Corea landed his first professional gig as a sideman for Cab Calloway and soon went onto develop his talents by playing with the groups of Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann and Mongo Santamaria. In 1966, Corea released his first album as a leader, Tones For Joan's Bones, before recording the seminal Now He Sings, Now He Sobs with drummer Roy Haynes and bassist Miroslav Vitous two years later. Following a short stint with Sarah Vaughn, he joined Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet where he began to embrace a more avant-garde style on landmark albums such as In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew and experiment with the electric piano on Black Beauty: Live at the Fillmore West and Miles Davis at Fillmore. While in 1970, he formed acoustic jazz ensemble Circle, recording several albums that would only be released through Blue Note several years later. Corea then reinvented his sound again in 1971 when he founded Return To Forever, an ever-changing Latin-flavored collective who then transformed into a high-powered fusion band, who he recorded arguably his most famous piece ("Spain") and picked up his first Grammy (No Mystery) with. Following their split and the release of Spanish Heart, a critically-acclaimed solo effort featuring his vocalist wife Gayle Moran, Corea focused on various collaborative efforts with the likes of vibraphonist Gary Burton, composer Nicolas Economou and the Miles Davis Group member he replaced, Herbie Hancock, before forming both the Chick Corea Elektric Band and its acoustic alternative in the mid-80s. After creating his own label, Stretch Records, in 1992, Corea continued to lead various groups, including an all-star quintet that played contemporary versions of Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell classics, recorded joint efforts with vocalist Bobby McFerrin and banjo maestro Bela Fleck and pursued his classical music ambitions by composing pieces with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orion String Quartet. In 2008, he embarked on a world tour with the reformed Return To Forever, worked with Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara on the live album, Duet, and released a third Grammy-winning album with Gary Burton (The New Crystal Silence). While after teaming up with former bandmate John McLaughlin for a tour and LP under the guise of 5 Peace Band, Corea combined both his acoustic and electric leanings in new group, The Vigil, in 2013.

EDUCATION

Columbia University

Musical Education Major. Quit after one month.

The Juilliard School

Quit after six months.

Milestones

2013

Wins 20th Grammy with "Mozart Goes Dancing"

1992

Founds Stretch Records label

1970

Forms Return To Forever

1968

Joins Miles Davis' group

1966

Releases first album as a leader, Tones For Joan's Bones

Bonus Trivia

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"I write music to celebrate life. I think most artists do, no matter how they themselves describe it. It's the joy of creating. It's a way of life." Corea quoted on his official website, May 24, 2006.

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In 2010, Corea was appointed an honorary doctor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

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"I like to not know everything that I'm gonna do, so it can be adventurous. So I like to give that experience to people. That's basically my ideal scene. I feel that when people are getting that, that's what they come out to get." Corea quoted on Jazz TimesMar. 12, 2014

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