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CHICK COREA - JAZZ PIANIST

The late, legendary jazz pianist, innovator and composer autographs a 1976 vintage Polydor glossy 8” x 10” publicity photograph at the piano.  He signs first name only, as was his wont to do.

Corea (1941-2021) was born to a musical family, his father was a jazz trumpeter and taught him basic piano.  Listening to his dad’s recordings of the legendary jazz musicians of the 1930’s and 1940’s was his introduction to jazz and the impetus for his career in music.  Some training from Salvatore Sullo, the Boston Pops staff pianist gave him a true base in piano technique.  Corea proved to be a natural and performed through his high school years in jazz and brass bands in school and in lounges in New England.  He enrolled at Columbia and dropped out after a month and then moved onto Juilliard where he lasted six months.  Corea then set out on an international career which led to his work in 1968 with Miles Davis to create Jazz-Rock fusion.  His career further led him to Latin music via his group Return to Forever which he regularly performed throughout his life.  From there he moved onto rock, leaving the acoustic piano for a Fender-Rhodes/Hohner/Yamaha combination of electric piano/clavinet/organ system.  His original compositions began gaining a lot of traction at this point.  As he aged he moved back towards his jazz roots and finally in the last decade of his life he moved to classical both in it’s tradicional form and then in jazz variations from a select group of composer’s works, Mozart, Scarlatti and Bach to name three. He even travelled the world playing the Mozart piano concertos 21, 23 and 27 with jazz pianist Keith Jarrett.  His final recording, in 2020 “Plays” features a mix of Mozart, Scarlatti, Gershwin, Chopin and Kern.  In addition he adds the music of Thelonius Monk, Bill Evans and Stevie Wonder.  He also includes the spoken word where he makes a case for Mozart and Gershwin being friends if they had lived at the same time and that they would have enjoyed his company as well.  He likely was not wrong in this thought!  

A great early image of the pianist known to have been taken in 1976.