Chick Corea Announces 75th Birthday Celebration Residency At The Blue Note

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Legendary keyboardist and composer Chick Corea will celebrate his 75th birthday with an unprecedented two-month residency at the famed New York City night club The Blue Note. The 80-show residency will showcase Corea fronting 15 legendary bands made up of 60 of his musical cohorts.

Running October 19 through December 12, the run will feature a number of themed performances such as a tribute to Miles Davis “For Miles,” electric and acoustic nights featuring “The Music Of Return To Forever, evenings featuring “Experiments in Electronica” and several others. Among those joining Corea for various themed performances includes guitarists John McLaughlin and Mike Stern, drummers Brian Blade and Steve Gadd, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassists Avishai Cohen and Victor Wooten.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the residency with each of the themes and participating musicians revealed so far:

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 Quarters 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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