Chick Corea Trio
A DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master – as well as the third-most nominated artist in GRAMMY® Award history, with 63 nods (and 20 wins, including four Latin GRAMMY® Awards) – Chick Corea has attained living-legend status in jazz. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, children's songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career. His classic albums range from Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes, Blue Note, 1968), Paris Concert (with Circle: Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland and Barry Altschul, ECM, 1971) and Return to Forever (with Return to Forever: Joe Farrell, Stanley Clarke, Airto Moreria and Flora Purim, ECM, 1972) toCrystal Silence (with Gary Burton, on ECM, 1973), My Spanish Heart (Polydor/Verve, 1976), Remembering Bud Powell (Stretch, 1997) and Five Peace Band Live (with John McLaughlin, Concord, 2009). He has collaborated with artists from Lionel Hampton and Herbie Hancock to banjoist Béla Fleck and pianist Stefano Bollani.
Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Corea remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. In addition to his trio with Christian McBride and Brian Blade, Corea has in recent years co-led the Five Peace Band with McLaughlin (his fellow Miles Davis alum), plus Kenny Garrett, Vinnie Colaiuta and McBride (and, on tour, also Blade); a duo project with vocalist Bobby McFerrin; and a new version of Return to Forever with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White plus Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale. The New Zealand Herald has characterized Corea's path as "Jazz without compromise, invention without fear."
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Born in 1972 in Philadelphia, Christian McBride is a three-time Grammy-winner and one of the most recorded musicians of his generation, having appeared on more than 300 albums. He has collaborated with artists from Paul McCartney, Sting and Diana Krall to Pat Metheny, Questlove and Joe Lovano, not to mention McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Joshua Redman, David Sanborn, Anat Cohen, Joe Henderson and George Duke. As a leader, McBride has recorded a dozen albums, ranging from pure acoustic jazz to electric funk projects. His new trio with pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owen Jr. released a 2013 Mack Avenue album, Out Here.
Brian Blade was born in 1970 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised with gospel music in the Baptist church, later studying in New Orleans and working with many masters of Crescent City music. A member of the Grammy Award-winning Wayne Shorter Quartet, the drummer has also recorded with artists from Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois to Bill Frisell, Kenny Garrett and Joshua Redman. In 1997, Blade formed the Fellowship Band with pianist Jon Cowherd; the group has recorded four albums, including 2014's Landmarks. In 2009, Blade released Mama Rosa, his first album as a singer-songwriter.