One hot Chick on piano

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Chick Corea is one of the most well-known jazz pianists to have ever lived. His work has been featured and broadcast for over 50 years and he has received 20 Grammy’s in his life time for his musical excellence.

This past Wednesday, April 16, Corea took the stage in Bondurant and put on a show that all who were there will not soon forget.

Corea came out in his casual attire with a stack of music prepared to select on the spot which tunes he would play.

There was not a program boasting of the tunes he had written intending to play, just a short page of biographical content as impressive as you would expect a world-class musician’s to be.

He arrived on stage, thanked the audience, and immediately asked, “What do you want to hear?”

Surprised, but content with the artist’s sincerity and confidence, people called out certain numbers hoping to hear the familiar tunes Corea has been known for spanning five decades.

He began with a little bit of improvisation on the piano which, to the people close enough to watch intimately, encapsulated the audience with how fast, free, and smooth his fingers glided over the piano keys.

Pounding out impressive melodies with sweet jazz harmonies, the audience knew they had come to hear a living legend.

He played on a on for a bit making up a tune that was slick and laid back, finally resolving, and then asked what the audience wanted to hear.

Someone yelled “Spain” from the crowd and Corea, having played this tune thousands of times, obliged the audience member and played some “Spain.”

This made the whole audience wrought with contentment for “Spain” is one of Corea’s biggest hits.

After a short intermission with a retuning of the piano, Corea came back out, played a little and asked if anyone in the audience wanted to come up and play a little improvisation tune with Corea.

The audience, gasping at his request, soon volunteered three people to come up and play.

The first was Harold Bailey, a sophomore piano major at RU. He went up and introduced himself to Corea, and they began a gigue that was jive and fun. Corea held down the tune with his left hand in the bass and Bailey drove the melodic content with his right and left hands.

After Bailey left the stage, Dr. Wayne Gallops, professor of Music Education and an established jazz pianist himself, took the humble seat next to Chick Corea and they shredded out a fun jig that the whole audience got into. The dynamic between the two jazz pianists’ was astounding to see impromptu on stage.

Corea finished up the show by playing some of his ethereal children’s tunes he had written and wrapped the audience in a musical conclusion that will forever change his audience’s lives!

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