A DownBeat Hall of Famer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, 23-time Grammy winner and keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea has attained living legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and artistic output that is simply staggering. His compositions “Spain,” “500 Miles High,” “La Fiesta” and “Windows” are considered jazz standards.
Corea’s first major professional gig was with Cab Calloway, followed by stints in Latin bands with Mongo Santamaría and Willie Bobo, which further influenced his love of Latin rhythm.
As a member of the prestigious Miles Davis Band in the 1960s, he participated in the birth of jazz fusion. Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Chick has been 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, the Elektric Band and the electro/acoustic the Vigil.
His extensive discography boasts more than 100 albums, beginning with his 1968 classic, “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs.” Corea is the fourth most nominated artist in the history of the Grammys, with 65 nominations. He’s also earned 3 Latin Grammy Awards, the most of any artist in the Best Instrumental Album category.
Corea’s legacy continues through music education, helping musicians and artists of any age learn their own craft and continue to grow as artists and creators.
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