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Jazz great Corea in Grass Valley

Twenty-time Grammy Award winning jazz master Chick Corea and his new band, The Vigil, will perform Tuesday at the Center for the Arts during a special Grass Valley concert.

At the 2013 Grammys, Corea and Gary Burton earned two Grammy Awards for their album, Hot House — marking the 19th and 20th Grammy wins for Corea. The song, “Mozart Goes Dancing” won Best Instrumental Composition and “Hot House” won Best Improvised Jazz Solo.

“I know we’ve all got the same intention: to bring pleasure and beauty to people in the world,” said Corea to the community of musicians upon accepting his awards.

A prolific composer and keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status. His new band, The Vigil, features: bass phenomenon Hadrien Feraud; young creative force Marcus Gilmore on drums (Roy Haynes’ grandson); saxes, flute, bass clarinet and innovation from Tim Garland and rising San Francisco star guitarist Charles Altura.

During a four-decade career, Corea continually reinvents himself and has covered the musical bases - from straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, children’s songs to chamber music, plus a list of symphonic works.

Since embarking on his solo career in 1966, Corea has remained at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with “Return to Forever” and the “Elektric Band.” Many know him for his 1968 classic, “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs.”

Corea’s list of Grammy wins is long. In 2007 he won an award for “The Enchantment” his duet with banjo virtuoso, Bela Fleck, followed by another in 2008 for “The New Crystal Silence” with Gary Burton.

In 2009, “Returns” and “Five Peace Band Live” with John McLaughlin, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett and Vinnie Colaiuta took awards.

In 2012, Corea took home two Grammys, including Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, for “Forever,” recorded on his acoustic trio tour with “Return to Forever” band mates, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White.

In 2012, Corea’s went on three world tours and released four new albums. His visit to Grass Valley in April is part of an extensive European and U.S tour.

TIckets for Tuesday’s concert are $65 for members, $75 for non-members and are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office, BriarPatch Co-op and online at www.thecenterforthearts.org.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Center’s main stage venue, 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

For more about Corea, go to http://chickcorea.com.


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