Pianist, composer and bandleader Chick Corea has been delighting jazz fans around the world since the 1960s, when he performed with the likes of Mongo Santamaria, Herbie Mann and Stan Getz. In the fusion era, his band Return to Forever explored electronic jazz. And like his fellow fusionists Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, Corea has since joined the ranks of musicians that have breathed new life into the mainstream jazz tradition, most recently with his three-horn acoustic sextet, Origin.
Coreas Past, Present and Futures album tour makes a stop in Philadelphia May 19 to close out the 2000-2001 Penn Presents season. With him will be his New Trio composed of Origins rhythm section bassist Avishai Cohen and drummer Jeff Ballard.
CHICK COREA: Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m. in Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St. Tickets $38, $32 and $26; discounts for students, seniors and Penn affiliates available. Tickets/info: www.pennpresents.org or 215-898-3900.
Originally published on May 17, 2001