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The Dirty Dog brings together the musicians and guests in a way that creates a lasting impression and desire to come back.
April 20, 2018

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Electro/Acoustic Jazz pianist, Chick Corea

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Although the festival doesn’t occur until Labor Day weekend work has already begun preparing for this annual event. One of the most exciting things about this pre-Festival phase is the announcement of each year’s Artist-in-Residence. This position is bestowed upon one of the top musicians in the idiom. Recent resident artists have included bassist Ron Carter, guitarist Pat Metheny, and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

 

 

This year it is the iconic pianist and composer, Chick Corea, who is considered one of the major pianists and style-makers to emerge from the latter part of the 20th century.

 

 

The role the resident artists play can include various activities such as leading master classes with new and emerging musicians, performing live at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, and also performing on each of festival’s four days. Each one of the Festival performances showcases the resident artist in different ensembles and focuses on different aspects of their music. The best part of all this is the fact that the Detroit Jazz Festival is free allowing thousands of people each year to have access to these deeply satisfying musical experiences.

 

 

Chick Corea came into prominence in the mid-1960’s as a member of Miles Davis’s group during an important period in Jazz when the genre began changing its basic style and instrumention to reflect major changes happening in music and culture in general. The style known as “fusion” mirrored the new sounds in electric rock, funk, soul, world music and other genres. Jazz artists, including Mr. Corea with his “fusion” band Return to Forever, began experimenting with electric instruments such as pianos, synthesizers, guitars, violins, basses, and more.

 

 

In the coming weeks, our Jazz Notes blog will be highlighting different aspects of Corea’s amazing career and the enormous influence his music has had on contemporary Jazz.  This week we focus on his recent live solo appearance at the Dirty Dog on April 11, 2018 which helped kick-off this year’s Jazz Festival season.

 

 

Mr. Corea is a National Endowment of the Arts “Jazz Master” who is also the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Award history. He is fluent in many types of music, including bebop, straight ahead, avant-garde and fusion Jazz, Latin and Classical music as well. He brought all of this with him to the Dirty Dog last week for his solo performance that included music from George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Joaquin Rodrigo and Stevie Wonder.

 

 

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Judy talking to Chick Corea after his performance at the Dirty Dog. Photo by Debbie Kent

 

 

His playing was flawless with spectacular displays emotional expression, clarity and speed:a true virtuosic master. He created a relaxed atmosphere with his warm, personable style which included telling stories as he introduced each piece of music he chose to play that night. He also stuck around after the show, mingling with the Dirty Dog audience.  It was a magnificent evening

 

 

 

Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM.

 

 

 

 

 

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