Chick Corea is reuniting with a fellow jazz great for a once-in-a-lifetime event series…
The 73-year-old part-Spanish jazz and fusion musician, who recently earned two Grammy nominations, and Herbie Hancock will join forces for a world tour of duo piano concerts later this year.
Corea and Hancock, who share much in common, last toured together 37 years ago when Jimmy Carter was in the White House and Sony had just introduced the Sony Walkman.
“Chick and I have always had an open door toward the possibility of touring again,” Hancock said in an email to Billboard.com. “We both felt that enough time has passed since our last major tour in 1978, and considering all of the experiences we have had in music and in life, that this was the perfect time to pass through that doorway again.”
Corea and Hancock both were members of Miles Davis’ bands of the 1960s, even playing together on keyboards on the trumpeter’s groundbreaking jazz-fusion albums, In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.
“Herbie is a musical phenomenon and a rare human being,” Corea said in a statement. “To me he’s been a dear friend as well as a lifelong inspiration.”
The tour kicks off March 14 in Seattle, with the North American leg of the tour wrapping up in Carmel, Indiana on April 18. After a break, the duo will perform in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock’s 2015 tour dates:
March 14 — Paramount Theatre, Seattle
March 15 — Chan Shun Concert Hall, Vancouver
March 17 — Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver,
March 19 — Zellerbach Hall/ University of California, Berkeley
March 20 — Copley Symphony Hall San Diego
March 21– Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
March 22 — Granada Theater, Santa Barbara
April 9 — Carnegie Hall, New York
April 10 — Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, DC
April 11– Academy of Music, Philadelphia
April 12 — Symphony Hall, Boston
April 14 –Massey Hall, Toronto
April 16 — Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
April 17 — Symphony Center, Chicago
April 18 — The Palladium, Carmel
July 4 –- Olympia, Paris
July 5 — Palais Des Beaux Arts, Brussels
July 6 – Barbican, London
July 19 — Coll Jazz Festival, Lisbon, PT