The Chick Corea Trio with Christian McBride & Brian Blade at Dominion-Chalmers United Church (Ottawa) on October 3


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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2010, 7:00PM
Dominion-Chalmers United Church

Reserved $56.50
General admission: $50.85
Student prices (11 to 25 years, with valid student ID): $22.60 (tax included).

The Ottawa Jazz Festival is pleased to announce that sixteen-time Grammy winner Chick Corea will convene an all-star trio in Ottawa on Sunday, October 3, 7pm at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street, (corner Cooper and O'Connor). Christian McBride, the most acclaimed bassist of his generation, and drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade, a longtime member of the Grammy-winning Wayne Shorter Quartet make up this dynamic trio.

The three initially forged an indelible chemistry as the rhythmic backbone of the Five Peace Band on its tour of Asia and America in 2009 (Blade took over the drum chair from fusion icon Vinnie Colaiuta). During that tour, from night to night, there were rare moments when Chick's co-leader John McLaughlin and alto sax burner Kenny Garrett laid out, allowing for brief interludes of piano trio magic to emerge. Their instant, easy rapport naturally stimulated the idea of yet another outlet for Corea's tireless creativity. And a new trio was born.

Chick Corea last performed at the Festival in 2008 on the highly successful Return to Forever reunion tour reuniting Corea, Stanley Clarke and Al Di Meola. Brian Blade performed in two concerts in 2009 with Wayne Shorter's Quartet and in his own critically acclaimed appearance with the Fellowship Band.

Corea is excited to be engaging in such an intimate, conversational setting with such enormously gifted musicians as McBride (a ubiquitous sideman on the New York scene for the past 20 years, playing with Sting, Pat Metheny and McCoy Tyner, as well as a brilliant composer and bandleader in his own right) and Blade (one of the elite drummers in jazz today, who has worked with Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Kenny Garrett, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and who has held the drum chair in the Wayne Shorter Quartet for the past 10 years).

With two such daring and free-spirited improvisers on board, this new trio tour will be a string of surprises, for both the audiences and the musicians on stage.

“I'm not sure what to expect," says Chick, “but I am sure that it will be a fun musical adventure. I'm looking forward to exploring our communication in more depth. I'm sure that it will be something new and fresh."


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