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Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Jazz at Lincoln Center's Chick Corea Festival

For Immediate Release  -  April 8, 2013  


 May 15 - May 19

Featuring Chick Corea and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Gilmore, John Patitucci, Wallace Roney, and more

Tickets on Sale Now - Starting at $30    

New York, NY Jazz at Lincoln Center honors one of music's most timeless innovators, the fusion pioneer and social humanitarian Chick Corea., with the Chick Corea Festival. Corea will be celebrated during JALC's 25th anniversary season with concerts and events in each performance space throughout JALC’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall.

The Chick Corea Festival includes a command performance by Corea himself and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in Rose Theater on May 16, 17 and 18.

In a series of intimate sets at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, musicians chosen by Corea - including Edsel GomezElio VillafrancaMarcus Roberts, the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio and Henry Cole and The Afrobeat Collective - will perform tunes composed and inspired by Corea on May 15 -19.

Israeli artist Gadi Lehavi and Georgia-born Beka Gochiashvili—both of whom are rising piano stars and Corea apprentices—will be joined by bassist John Patitucci, trumpeter Wallace Roney, and drummer Marcus Gilmore in performances in The Allen Room of Corea-arranged tunes on May 17-18

Chick Corea Festival Listening Party 
May 15 at 7pm
Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame
This interview series invites audiences to listen to some of jazz's greatest recordings, guided by some of the art form's greatest musicians.
Free and open to the public

Chick Corea and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis 
May 16, 17 and 18 at 8pm
Rose Theater
Free Pre-Concert Discussion at 7:00pm nightly 

Chick Corea reconnects with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a reprise of their highly acclaimed collaborations in 2011, performing deeply original arrangements by JLCO members of Corea's masterful songbook. This interplay showcases Corea's singular abilities as a musical storyteller, with vocabulary that contain a global range of references.  Bach and bebop, Bartok and the blues, Mozart and montunos, Ravel and rumba, Stravinsky and samba, all tempered with the language of swing and the Spanish Tinge. 

Friends of Chick Corea: Musicians of the Future
Featuring Gadi Lehavi, Beka Gochiashvili, John Patitucci, Marcus Gilmore, and special guest Wallace Roney
May 17 and 18 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
 The Allen Room
Arrangements by Chick Corea, Lehavi  and Gochiashvili
Free Pre-Concert Festival at 6:30pm both evenings
Tickets Start at $55 - On Sale Now    
Over his half-century as a professional improviser, Chick Corea has navigated multiple stylistic environments, moved back and forth between electric and acoustic feels, written books of music for a multitude of projects with friends both old and new, recontextualized iconic units from his past, and created fresh, new ensembles. During this celebration of Corea's music across all three venues in Rose Hall, Corea himself will draw upon these experiences to curate several specially selected units to interpret some of his favorite compositions. In The Allen Room, we feature two of Corea's young piano friends: Israeli piano prodigy Gadi Lehavi and Georgian-born pianist Beka Gochiashvili, the youngest winner of the Montreux Jazz Competition. GRAMMY-Award winning bassist John Patitucci; trumpeter Wallace Roney - a mentee of Miles Davis; and one of New York's most in demand drummers and current Corea-collaborator, Marcus Gilmore, join this hand-picked unit.

In Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola:
Edsel Gomez 
May 15 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm 
Tickets $35 / Students $20

Elio Villafranca: The Music of Chick Corea 
May 16 at 9:30pm and 11:30pm
Tickets $40 / Students $25

Marcus Roberts and theAlfredo Rodriguez Trio
May 17 and May 18 at 7:30pm and 10:00pm
Friday Tickets: $40 / Students $20 - On Sale Now 
Saturday Tickets: $45 / Students $25 - On Sale Now 

Henry Cole and The Afrobeat Collective
May 19 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Tickets $35 / Students $20 - On Sale Now

All concertgoers are invited to a free pre-concert festival in the Atrium on May 17 and 18 at 6:30pm featuring live music, album art displays courtesy of the Jazz Record Center, and tastings from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, North Coast Brewing Company, and Runner & Stone.

Click here to watch a 2011 performance with Corea and the JLCO. 

Tickets for Rose Theater and The Allen Room can be purchased online through jazz.org, by phone through CenterCharge at 212-721-6500 (open daily from 10:00am to 9:00pm), or in person at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street on the ground floor. The JALC box office is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm (or 30 minutes past curtain) and Sunday from noon to 6:00pm (or 30 minutes past curtain). 

Note: Hot Seats, $10 seats for each Rose Theater performance (excluding Jazz for Young People® concerts and other performances as specified) and select 9:30pm performances in The Allen Room (excluding Jazz & Popular Song concerts), are available for purchase to the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance. Subject to availability.  Available only for select Allen Room shows; please call 212-258-9800 for available Hot Seats performance dates.  Hot Seats are available only by walk up at the Box Office.   

Jazz at Lincoln Center's 25th Anniversary Season celebrates the organization's range and depth of programming, as well as education initiatives that have reached millions of people around the world over the past 25 years.  The 2012-13 season continues with a Tribute to Bobby Short featuring Michael Feinstein and Andy Farber with vocalists Paula WestT. Oliver ReedBarbara Carroll and surprise guests on May 15 and 16 and Swinging with The Big Bands featuring Michael FeinsteinVince Giordano and the NighthawksThe Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra  with Wynton Marsalis alongside special guest vocalists Nellie McKayConnie Evingson and Sachal Vasandani on June 12 and 13

 Click here for a complete schedule of Jazz at Lincoln Center's 25th anniversary season concerts and events.  

Qatar Airways is the Lead Corporate Sponsor of
the Chick Corea Festival.

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners: Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, 
The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, HSBC Bank, Qatar Airways, The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center, and SiriusXM.

The 2012-2013 Jazz at Lincoln Center Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the Support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

MasterCard® is the Preferred Card of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Qatar Airways is a Premier Sponsor and Official Airline Partner of Jazz at Lincoln Center.