Chick Corea

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, August 9 will be “The Career of Dave Holland.”  Bassist Dave Holland was born in England in 1946.  He is self-taught, one of the few modern jazz musicians without conservatory training.  Holland has been a professional musician since 1964.  Miles Davis and Philly Joe Jones discovered him in Ronnie Scott’s club in London in 1968.  Since that time, he has played with many of the greatest musicians in jazz and taking part in 319 recordings, 24 as a leader.  This show will highlight his work with his own groups and big band, Miles Davis, Charles Lloyd, Claudia Acuňa,

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Jazz Unlimited for May 31, 2015 will be “Jazz Giants for May and June.”  Throughout its history, certain key players have heavily influenced the course of jazz.  These Jazz Giants are the ones that lesser players imitate and copy.  Jazz Unlimited always plays the Jazz Giants instead of the imitators.  Sunday night’s music will feature Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Trumbauer, Joe “King” Oliver, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Shelly Manne, Freddie Redd, Betty Carter, Woody Herman, Eric Dolphy, Chick Corea, Bud Shank, Bill Holman, Betty Carter and Sun Ra.

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, March 8 will be “Jazz Musicians with Long Performance Careers. Part 4.”  Like their classical counterparts, most major jazz musicians have long performing careers.  Jazz musicians who die young are not the norm, but in many cases, it is these musicians we choose to remember.  The last jazz Unlimited show in this series will feature 54 musicians with performing careers of over 50 years.  These musicians include St.

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Jazz Unlimited on Sunday, November 16 will be a three-part show.  The Keys and Strings Hour will present duets without horns, while the second hour will be tributes to the late bandleader, composer, arranger and educator Gerald Wilson and the late trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.  The third hour will present new music.  Musicians and groups heard on this show will be a Dick Hyman/Ralph Sutton duet, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, Mary Lou Williams, Charlie Haden, Chick Corea, Hiromi, Michael Blake, Dayna Stephens, Jane Bunnett, Conrad Herwig and the “Latin Side of Joe Henderson Ensemble,” Cong

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Jazz Unlimited on Sunday, November 2 will present music from the 51-year of Armando “Chick” Corea.  Chick was born in the Boston area and was working professionally by his late teens.  His career includes straight-ahead jazz, avant-garde jazz, jazz-rock fusion and classical music.  We will hear music from his groups Return to Forever, Origin, his duets with Gary Burton and his own trio.  He will also be heard with Herbie Hancock, the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams group, Miles Davis and the Joe Henderson Big Band.  Many of his compositions are now jazz standards and some of them will be played an

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Jazz Unlimited for September 28 will be “Keys and Strings Hour/New Music.”  Piano fireworks and great beauty abound when we present new music from four of the greatest pianists in current jazz.  Chick Corea, Hiromi, Lynne Arriale and Keith Jarrett will be presented in solo, piano duet, piano bass duo and piano trio configurations on the “Keys and Strings Hour.”  The new music segment will feature trumpeter Sean Jones, vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Azar Lawrence, the Dave Liebman Big Band, pianist Kenny Werner, Arturo O’Farril and his orchestra, th

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Jazz Unlimited for December 8 will be “Live Jazz from The Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz Standard and In Time Cafe.”  We continue playing live music from the jazz capital of the world with recordings made in jazz clubs, where the interaction between the audience and the players takes both to new heights.  Tonight’s show features music from Oscar Peterson, Carmen McRae, the Charles Tolliver Big Band, Monty Alexander, Conrad Herwig’s “Latin Side of…” ensembles, Kenny Barron & Charlie Haden, Von Freeman, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, the Keith Jarrett Standards Trio, Jacky Terrasson, Elvin

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Jazz Unlimited Sunday, November 19 will feature" Piano Duets and New Music.” Piano duets are somewhat rare in jazz because the of fact that each piano has 88 keys and is simultaneously a solo, a rhythm and a harmony instrument.  Each player must listen carefully to the other to avoid a “train wreck” in any one of these three areas.  Only the best can do this effectively.  The first hour will feature nine duets between Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock, Tommy Flanagan & Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson & Benny Green and others.  The second and third hours will feature new music from Elliott

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Jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea replaced Herbie Hancock in Miles Davis’ band in the late 1960’s  and blossomed as a composer, band leader and improviser through decades of genre-bending traditions, especially those electric jazz-rock fusion years that lead him to form, among other groups, Return To Forever, the fourth edition of which is about to embark on an extensive U.S. tour amidst their 2011 World Tour featuring Frank Gamble on guitar, Jean Luc-Ponty on the violin and Larry White and Stanley Clarke on drums and bass respectfully.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Aaron Doerr spoke with him by phone, asking him about learning music, the role of one’s environment, and jazz and the complexity of reaching a wide range of people with a genre so rooted in musicianship and technical skills.  

Aaron Doerr:  How have you been doing and happy belated birthday!  You just turned 70 this past June.  Do world tours age you quicker or keep you young?

Chick Corea: Oh yeah no... I definitely love to play and travel so travel's part of the deal, you know... and you get used to it.  You get used to the actual physical traveling - you get all those little things together that you have to have together for hotels, and planes and busses and all that, but… definitely playing the music keeps me fresh.