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October Events Chick Corea. Steve GADD. Pharoah Sanders. Post

The web site  is producing live JOHN COLTRANE music over a week long period in Oct.  Its a John Coltrane Tribute and its going to be great. Performances will be held at the Blackman Auditorium at Northeastern University.   Master saxophonist, PHAROH SAUNDERS headlins a concert. Jazz ‘GBH radio impressario and DJ Eric Jackson will be a panel guest or moderator on a series of panels that week. The events include a photo gallery display at Haley House in Roxbury.Curated by Edmund Barry Gaither, it will feature John Coltrane photographs.

Day after the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival,  The Corea/Gadd Band will perform live at the Berklee Performance Center, October 1

The musical partnership between Chick Corea and Steve Gadd is the stuff of legend – but the music is always new. Since Gadd became the very first electric Return to Forever drummer (true story), these two have turned out one game-changing record after another: The Leprechaun, My Spanish Heart, Three Quartets, and Friends. Co-leading a band for the first time, they pick up where they left off, this time with young stars filling out the lineup: Berklee alumnus Lionel Loueke, the Beninese genius, on guitar; Steve Wilson, Corea’s Origin protégé, on saxophone and flute; the great Carlitos del Puerto on bass; and Venezuelan master Luisito Quintero on percussion.

Chick Corea has attained legendary status in music. The keyboardist, composer, and bandleader is an NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 64 nods–and 22 wins. He has also won four Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

Steve Gadd is one of the most sought-after studio musicians in the world. Regarded as the most influential drummer in contemporary music, Gadd can play anything, easily bridging different musical styles. His feel, technique, and musicality on such tunes as Paul Simon’s “Fifty Ways,” Steely Dan’s “Aja,” and Chick Corea’s “Nite Sprite,” were so awe-inspiring and his concepts so innovative that they instantly assured his special position in the history of the percussive arts.

The Corea/Gadd Band takes place at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, on Sunday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will close out the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. Admission is $47, $57, and $67. Tickets can be purchased online at, at the BPC Box Office, or by calling 617-747-2261.


More about Chick Corea

Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is astonishing. A tirelessly creative spirit, Corea continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process. Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Corea has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever, the Elektric Band, and now the electro/acoustic Vigil. His extensive discography boasts numerous albums, beginning with his 1968 classic Now He Sings, Now He Sobs.

“He completely devastated the landscape. It was like scorched earth–so musical, so powerful, so incredibly virtuosic.”



More about Steve Gadd

After attending the Manhattan School of Music for two years before finishing at the Eastman School of Music, Gadd studied privately with Bill and Stanley Street and John Beck. He established himself performing with Chuck Mangione, then spent three years in the Army prior to coming to New York in 1971.

Gadd rapidly rose to prominence on the studio scene and has since played with a wide variety of artists, including Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin, Al DiMeola, Stanley Clarke, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Scott, Eric Clapton, and Frank Sinatra. After a period of touring and recording with his own band, the Gadd Gang, he provided the spark that ignited Paul Simon’s South African inspired, Grammy Award-winning recordings and dynamic live touring band.

Over the last two decades, Gadd has also emerged as a brilliant producer. In addition to world-wide tours, clinics, and recordings with superstars such as Eric Clapton, Kate Bush, and James Taylor, he has also produced groundbreaking albums with The Gaddabouts (Edie Brickell, Pino Palladino, Andy Fairweather Low), Mika Stoltzman (with Eddie Gomez and Richard Stoltzman), Pedro Martinez Band, Steve Gadd and Friends, L’Image (Mike Mainieri, Warren Bernhardt, and Tony Levin), David Sanborn and Bob James.

“I love drummers, but it disappoints me because they have not elevated the art of drumming. They’ve set it back quite a few years. I think the only guy who made a dent in the change-over, if you want to call it that, was Gadd.”

–Buddy Rich

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