UAB of Jazz Summit Highlighted with Concert by Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and the Harlem String Quartet
UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center (ASC) will present an unparalleled evening of jazz and classical music when Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Harlem String Quartet perform together live on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, a highlight to the UAB Department of Music Annual Jazz Summit for middle and high school musicians.
Corea and Burton first paired on the landmark album “Crystal Silence” in 1972. Their partnership has flourished and grown over the years with three Grammy Award-winning albums. TheLos Angeles Times calls the duo “one of jazz’s most celebrated collaborations.”Corea, an NEA Jazz Master, 18-time Grammy winner, brilliant American composer and keyboard virtuoso, and ASC favorite, has attained living-legend status after five decades of creativity and staggering artistic output. Burton is a 12-time Grammy nominee and six-time winner, earning his first Grammy in 1971 and his most recent in 2009 for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.
Their latest recording, “Hot House,” explores standards by such composers as Kurt Weill, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Thelonius Monk, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The classical ensemble Harlem String Quartet (HSQ) joined the duo on the tune “Mozart Goes Dancing,” which has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition.
Corea earned a total of five Grammy nominations: Both “Hot House” and his 2011 album “Further Explorations” with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian were nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album; Corea and Burton were nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo on the single “Hot House”; and Corea also was nominated as a soloist for “Alice in Wonderland” from “Further Explorations.”
The Jan. 25 show will begin at 8 p.m. in the ASC Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $68.50, $59.50 and $49.50. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.For this tour, Corea and Burton will perform selections from “Hot House” with HSQ, which will expand its legendary classical repertoire on new and classic Corea-Burton jazz tunes. Praised for its panache, fresh attitude and cultural diversity, HSQ has set the classical music world abuzz since its public debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall. The New York-based ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Panama, South Africa and Europe, and returns to the ASC after a dazzling 2009 performance.
ArtPlay, the ASC’s home for arts education and outreach, will present two events at the ASC in conjunction with this show: Hundreds of area schoolchildren will see HSQ perform in a Meet the Artist School Show at 10 a.m. on Jan. 25; and ArtPlay also will present a jazz improvisation master class with Burton at 4 p.m. that day. Call 205-975-4769 for details.