Grammy Award-winning keyboardist Chick Corea will be the Artist-in-Residence for this year’s 39th Detroit Jazz Festival, taking place over Labor Day Weekend.
Corea has played at the festival several times previously, in a variety of configuration. At this year’s event Corea will perform “three wide-ranging sets,” playing with his Akoustic Band, Elektric Band and a sextet.
In statement Corea says that, “I know and admire the phenomenal collection of talent the Festival brings to Detroit. I am excited to take on a larger role during and in the months leading up to the Festival ... and showcase in depth the genre through my broad range of performances and educational outreach.”
Born Armando Corea in Chelsea, Mass., Corea began playing piano when he was four years old and took up the drums at eight. In addition to his own recordings he was part of Miles Davis’ band during the late ’60s and co-founded the all-star Return To Forever. He’s also collaborated periodically with vibraphonist Gary Burton.
In addition to 22 Grammy Awards Corea is a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and has honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
“Chick Corea is a flawless fit as the ambassador of our Festival and will set a uniquely high standard for the vastly diverse, purely jazz performances leading up to and during Labor Day weekend,” festival President and Artistic Director Chris Collins said. “To say this artist is legendary would be an understatement. His colorful and extensive experience in countless styles of the genre will add even more variation to this year’s Festival while maintaining the true jazz tone that exudes from our Festival.”
The festival’s lineup will be announced during April. Information is available at detroitjazzfest.org.