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Yamaha Artist Chick Corea Embarks on Worldwide Tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 15, 2008) — Fourteen-time Grammy Award winning Yamaha jazz pianist Chick Corea is pairing up with fellow musical explorer and kindred spirit John McLaughlin to make history and tour the world together for the first time. Along with three other artists, the Five Peace Band will make its first stop in Europe this fall, Oct. 22 – Nov. 23, before continuing on to Asia and North America on Jan. 31 – May 3, 2009.

This will the be the first time Corea and McLaughlin join forces since they were both members of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew era band more than 40 years ago. Playing music from then and now with Kenny Garrett on sax, Christian McBride on bass and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, their new Five Peace Band is poised to elevate new audiences with another series of legendary concerts.

October
22   Monaco
24   Cork, Ireland
26   Bucharest, Romania
27   Vienna, Austria
29   Baki, Azerbaijan
30   Istanbul, Turkey
31   Ankara, Turkey

TBA
Cork Jazz Festival – Cork Opera House
Palace Hall
Viena Stadthalle
Azerbaiin State Philharmonie
CRR Concert Hall
Anatolia Show and Congress Center

November
02   Athens, Greece
03   The Hague, Netherlands
04   Antwerpen, Belgium
06   Leverkusen, Germany
07   Ingolstadt, Germany
09   Salzburg, Austria
10   Milan, Italy
12   Vilnius, Lithuania
14   Wroclaw, Poland
15   Rome, Italy
17   Malaga, Spain
19   La Coruna, Spain
20   Bilbao, Spain
21   Granada, Spain
23   London, England

TBA
World Forum
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Leverkusen Forum
Festaal Ingolstadt
Grobers Festpielhaus
Teatro Manzoni
Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival, Utena Leisure Arena
Wroclaw Guitar Festival, Centennial Hall
Parco Della Musica, Sala S. Cecilia
TBA
Palacio De La Opera
Palacio Euskalduna
TBA
TBA

* More dates may be added, and dates are subject to change.

Corea's four decade career is the stuff of jazz lore, an amalgamation of influential, limit-stretching musical experiences, which have filled many a page in 20th century music history encyclopedias. One of the most creatively restless and indefatigably imaginative artists in jazz, Corea defies categorization. He is equally at home in acoustic settings as in electric formats. He performs sublime solo concerts and welcomes richly arranged collaborations with orchestras. In recent years, he has explored new collaborations (for example, with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck on their duo album The Enchantment), revisited old bands (including an extensive tour with a quartet featuring Hubert Laws, Eddie Gomez and Airto Moreira) and celebrated the 35th anniversary of his chamber jazz duo partnership with Gary Burton that resulted in 2007's two-CD set, The New Crystal Silence.

Corea broke onto the jazz scene in the early '60s, working with bands led by such stars as Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann and Stan Getz. One of his most significant sideman gigs was with Miles Davis' seminal electric fusion bands, from 1968-'70, when he participated in the classic album Bitches Brew. It was there that Corea first met and worked with McLaughlin.

As a solo artist, Corea recorded his debut in 1966, Tones for Joan's Bones, followed by what's come to be known as a classic jazz recording, 1968's Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes.

While Corea's musical career teems with significant explorations and advances, one of his highlight moments came in 1971 when he created Return to Forever, the legendary jazz-rock fusion band. While it lasted just seven years in three different editions, RTF is heralded as one of the most important and forward-looking bands in jazz history.

In 2008, Corea assembled a reunion of the quartet version of the band. It swept the world with a tour that was easily the most anticipated event of the year for jazz fans. Celebrating the four partners in fusion revisiting their past material played in the present, the quartet garnered a multitude of national press including NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Newsweek and Downbeat. When the tour ended in the summer of 2008, Corea was already revving up for his next musical adventure: Five Peace Band.

Chick performs with Yamaha pianos, the Motif series keyboards and the S90ES and uses the 01V96 digital mixer.

Yamaha Artist Chick Corea Embarks on Worldwide Tour
An historic musical event, Corea rejoins old friend John McLaughlin to create eclectic evenings of highly innovative music in Europe, Asia and North America