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Jazz at Lincoln Center to Celebrate Chick Corea with Festival Featuring Wynton Marsalis & More, 5/15-19

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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 features a command performance by Corea himself with 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 Gomez, Elio Villafranca, Marcus 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 Georgian-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 of Corea-arranged music in the Allen Room on May 17 and 18.

CHICK COREA FESTIVAL EVENTS:

Chick Corea Festival Listening Party
May 15 at 7pm
Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame
Free and open to the public

This interview series invites audiences to listen to some of jazz's greatest recordings, guided by some of the art form's greatest musicians.

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
Tickets Start at $30 - On Sale Now

Chick Corea reconnects with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra withWynton 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.

AT DIZZY'S CLUB COCA COLA:

Edsel Gomez Cubist Music Band
May 15 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Tickets $35 / Students $20 - On Sale Now

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

Marcus Roberts and the Alfredo 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.

Tickets for Rose Theater and The Allen Room can be purchased online through jalc.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).

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 West, T. Oliver Reed, Barbara Carrolland surprise guests on May 15 and 16 and Swinging with The Big Bands featuring Michael Feinstein,Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis alongside special guest vocalists Nellie McKay, Connie Evingsonand 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.

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