Chick Corea is a legendary jazz figure. He is one of the most prolific and influential contemporary pianists. He has received 61 Grammy nominations and won 23 of them, including 3 Latin Grammys. He has produced hundreds of releases in multiple genres over five decades, and he is one of the hardest-working musicians in the industry, with a yearly tour schedule of over 250 international concerts. He has authored multiple books and instructional works, and many regard him today as easily one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Experiencing Chick Corea looks at the full span of Corea's career, decade by decade, touching on the vast array of musical styles he engaged, from his initial work with Herbie Mann to his free explorations with Circle. It touches on his arguably most influential album Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, his involvement with Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and subsequent efforts as pioneer in the fusion scene with Return to Forever, his duo collaborations, classical outings, and his acoustic and trio work in the 1990s and beyond.
Learning how to listen to Corea is itself a bit of a magic carpet ride, given the range of material he has created and the breadth and depth of that work. Experiencing Chick Corea introduces this American Icon to audiences beyond the domain of jazz fans already familiar with this work. Monika Herzig places Corea's creations in their historical and social contexts so any music lover can gain a fuller understanding of the incredible range of his work.
Monika Herzig holds a doctorate in Music Education with a focus on Jazz Studies from Indiana University where she is a senior lecturer in Arts Administration. She is also the author of David Baker - A Legacy in Music, published in 2011. As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, New York's Birdland, Cleveland's Nighttown, the W.C.Handy Festival, to name just a few. More info and sound samples at www.monikaherzig.com