Chick Corea and Béla Fleck, two master songwriters, musicians, and bandleaders, meet in a historic duet of piano and banjo in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 8 pm. The GRAMMY®-winning duet will combine Corea and Fleck's most recognizable tunes with the music from their Latin GRAMMY®-winning album The Enchantment! With a mix of jazz and pop standards, crossing a myriad of genres including jazz, bluegrass, rock, flamenco and gospel, this will be a casual, intimate evening with two legends from different musical worlds. Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 15 at noon.
An NEA Jazz Master, 18-time GRAMMY® winner, prolific composer and undisputed keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after four decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering. From straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, children's songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe-inspiring. A tirelessly creative spirit, Chick continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process.
Earlier this year, Chick took home two GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for Forever, the 2-CD set recorded on his acoustic trio tour with Return to Forever bandmates Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. The two honors were, remarkably, Corea's 17th and 18th GRAMMY® Awards. Corea's 2012 schedule continues his unbroken string of productivity, with four new albums: the critically acclaimed Further Explorations (with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian); The Continents: Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra, an ambitious new classical release and a crowning achievement in his work as a master composer; Hot House, a transcendent new set of standards in his GRAMMY®-winning duet with Gary Burton; and the upcoming release of Return to Forever's latest live album, The Mothership Returns.
Béla Fleck is often considered the premier banjo player in the world. A New York City native, he picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass music of Flatt & Scruggs. While still in high school, he began experimenting with playing bebop jazz on his banjo. In 1980, he released his first solo album, Crossing the Tracks, with material that ranged from straight ahead bluegrass to Chick Corea's Spain. In 1989, he formed the genre-busting Flecktones, with members equally talented and adventurous as himself.
Bela's most recent projects include: Throw Down Your Heart, his ambitious collaboration with musicians from Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, Mali, and more, ON WHICH he explores the African origins of the banjo, the prototype of which was brought to American shores by African slaves; Rocket Science with the Flecktones (including the return of Howard Levy); and Across the Imaginary Divide with the Marcus Roberts Trio. Up next are his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony and a collaboration with the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet.
The recipient of multiple GRAMMY® Awards going back to 1998, Bela's total GRAMMY® count is 15 won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different categories (jazz, classical, pop, country, world music, Latin, bluegrass, etc.) than any musician in GRAMMY® history.
Reserved tickets priced at $62 and $45 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm and one hour prior to showtime. Patrons may also purchase tickets at www.rutheckerdhall.com 24/7.
Designed by the prestigious Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Ruth Eckerd Hall is consistently ranked in the top 5 venues in the world with seats of 2,500 or less by industry trade publications and is known for its 2,180-seat, acoustically perfect auditorium. Artists from America and around the world, ranging from classical, rock, opera, Broadway, jazz, pop and more are included in the stellar lineup of more than 200 performances a year. Ruth Eckerd Hall is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.