JANUARY 2, 2013

Chick Corea and Gary Burton: Duets coming to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Jan. 18

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chick corea and gary burtonSCOTTSDALE – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present Chick Corea and Gary Burton: Duets on Friday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. The concert includes a 7 p.m. Arts-Connect talk on stage with Burton and KJZZ Music Director Blaise Lantana.

Tickets to the concert are available for $39, $49 or $69 through www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or (480) 499-TKTS (8587). The pre-concert talk is free to all ticket holders.

An NEA Jazz Master and 18-time Grammy Award winner, composer and keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea has attained living legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and artistic output.

Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton is likewise celebrated for his musical innovation and remarkable four-mallet technique that brought the vibes into a new era.

The musical kinship of Corea and Burton may never have come together had it not been for a jam session during a festival in Germany in 1972. The impromptu encounter marked the beginning of a musical partnership that has lasted for four decades – not only on the performance stage but also over the course of numerous recordings, which have earned five Grammys.

Despite the years that have come and gone since that fateful European gig, Corea and Burton have not lost their ability to generate their unique brand of “cool heat.” This highly creative and prolific team celebrated their 40-year collaboration with the September 2012 release of Hot House on Concord Jazz. The Grammy-nominated album is a collection of songs that draws from the work of some of their favorite composers from the 1940s through the 1960s, from Thelonius Monk and Dave Brubeck to The Beatles.

This performance is made possible by signature sponsor Keith Baum of Abbot Downing.