After their very successful run with the music of Stevie Wonder, the band now turns back to the jazz pantheon. An inspiration to everyone in the Collective, the works of Chick Corea will be the focus in Fall 2012. Each band member will also contribute an original composition, commissioned by SFJAZZ.
About Chick Corea
Among the many giants in jazz history, none stands taller than Armando “Chick” Corea. While still in his twenties he developed an utterly unique signature sound, on both acoustic and electric keyboards. Quickly noticed by Miles Davis in the late ‘60s, Corea appeared on Filles de Kilimanjaro and Bitches Brew, two of the era’s landmark recordings. As a leader, Chick’s adventurous work with Return to Forever helped define the fusion movement of the ‘70s and introduced younger stars such as Al Di Meola and Stanley Clarke. Corea’s numerous collaborations include stunning duets with Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton and Bobby McFerrin, as well as historic groups with Michael Brecker, Joe Farrell, John McLaughlin, Hubert Laws, John Patitucci, Steve Gadd, Roy Haynes and dozens of others. Several of his compositions, including “Spain,” “La Fiesta” and “Windows” have become established standards in the jazz canon. Chick has been nominated for 52 Grammy Awards, winning 18 of them to date. Now 70, he continues to tour worldwide with an array of contemporary jazz projects.