With Chick Corea's 70th birthday (June 12th 2011) still fresh in my mind, I remembered that Return To Forever IV (the latest incarnation of the jazz fusion band he founded in the early 1970s) was about to start their 2011 world tour. The schedule is insane! Check it out after the video.
Return To Forever IV is Chick Corea - keyboards, Stanley Clarke - bass, Lenny White - drums, Frank Gambale - guitar and Jean Luc-Ponty - violin. If you live in Europe, Canada or the US, they will be performing somewhere near you in the next few months!
Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees at yesterday's Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards ceremony held in New York City!!
The Jazz Journalists Association initiated its awards honoring excellence in jazz music, recordings, presentation and journalism in 1997.
At the 15th annual JJA Jazz Awards gala on June 11, 2011, a star-studded coterie of musicians, journalists and music-world movers and shakers asserted once again the unique status of these honors as jazz's only independent, international, culture-and-community-wide celebration.
Self-taught, GRAMMY award winning vibraphonist Gary Burton hasn't released a studio album since 2005's Next Gerneration.
Six years later, Mr. Burton has a new attitude, band and recording label - Mack Avenue Records. The additional members of this incarnation of his quartet are: guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley and Antonio Sánchez on the drums.