UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA)presents Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride & Brian Bladeon Thursday, Oct.3, at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall. Tickets for $29–$99 are available now at cap.ucla.edu, 310-825-2101 and the Royce Hall box office.
Music icon Chick Corea has been at the forefront of jazz both as a piano performer and composer. The fourth-most-nominated artist in the history of the Grammys, Corea is the perfect blend of a favorite jazz club and a weekend concert. Together with Christian McBride on bass and Brian Blade on drums, Trilogy, a marvel of a triple-CD set, was recorded livein 2014.
“Both are master musicians and together we have an easy rapport. There is a lot of give and take in our music. It’s always a lot of fun,” said Chick Corea about his trio partners McBride and Blade.
Previously the rhythmic backbone in Corea’s Five Peace Band, McBride and Blade are both stars in their own right. A triple threat of jazz, Trilogyis spectacularly virtuosic and a recording that ranks with the landmarks of Chick’s career. AllMusicexclaimed the “ever mischievous [Corea] created a context where the music-centered on high-spirited playfulness: pushed and pulled, twisted and turned, and obliquely refracted.”
A fellow Grammy winner, Christian McBride is always of the music. From jazz to R&B to hip-hop, McBride has collaborated with many, including CAP alumni Pat Metheny. The third of the trio, Brian Blade, is also a jazz veteran and well-respected musician. Blade’s collaborators include CAP alumni Emmylou Harris.
The trio's long-awaited follow-up album, Trilogy 2, arrives this fall on Concord Records. The two-disc set features tracks hand-picked by Chick from throughout the trio’s 2016 world tour, capturing the feel of an electrifying concert program. The material spans a range of inspirations, from American Songbook standards to jazz classics, reaching back into Chick own catalog as well as that of some of his most renowned collaborators, including Miles Davis and Joe Henderson.
About Chick Corea
Coreahas attained iconic status in music. Yet Chick has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing the acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a who’s who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeatReaders Poll. Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Chick remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. AsThe New York Timeshas said, he is “a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful.”
About Christian McBride
Four-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has described a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the scene. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today. Raised in a city steeped in soul, McBride moved to New York in 1989 to pursue classical studies at the Juilliard School. There he was promptly recruited to the road by saxophonist Bobby Watson. In 2000 the lessons of the road came together in the formation of what would become his longest-running project, the Christian McBride Band. In 2009 McBride began focusing this same energy through a more traditional lens with the debut of his critically-acclaimed Inside Straight quintet, and again with the Christian McBride Big Band, whose 2012 release The Good Feelingwon the GRAMMY for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album. As his career entered its third decade, McBride added the role of mentor, tapping rising stars pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. for the Christian McBride Trio’s GRAMMY-nominated album Out Here.
About Brian Blade
Brian Blade, the multi-talented young veteran, is already widely respected in the jazz world as drummer/composer/leader of Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, with whom he has released three albums. He is also known as the drummer for many heroes of the music world, including Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Wayne Shorter, Seal, Bill Frisell and Emmylou Harris. Brian Blade was born on July 25, 1970 in Shreveport, Louisiana. During his childhood, Brian would hear Gospel music in his everyday life, as well as the music of Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, and the Staple Singers. In elementary school, his music appreciation teacher, Lucy Bond, introduced her students to the music of Maurice Ravel and in this class, Brian would play the recorder and various melodic percussion instruments associated with the Carl Orff pedagogy. Since 2000, Brian has been part of the Wayne Shorter Quartet with Danilo Perez and John Patitucci. His 2009 album Mama Rosamarked a new endeavor for Blade: a lovingly crafted, emotionally affecting song cycle that's deeply rooted in a rich vein of personal experience.
About CAP UCLA
UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance(CAP UCLA) is dedicated to the advancement of the contemporary performing arts in all disciplines — dance, music, spoken word and theater, as well as emerging digital, collaborative and cross-platforms — by leading artists from around the globe. Part of UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture, CAP UCLA curates and facilitates direct exposure to artists who are creating extraordinary works of art and fosters a vibrant learning community both on and off the UCLA campus. The organization invests in the creative process by providing artists with financial backing and time to experiment and expand their practices through strategic partnerships and collaborations. As an influential voice within the local, national and global arts communities, CAP UCLA connects this generation to the next in order to preserve a living archive of our culture. CAP UCLA is also a safe harbor where cultural expression and artistic exploration can thrive, giving audiences the opportunity to experience real life through characters and stories on stage, and giving artists an avenue to challenge assumptions and advance new ways of seeing and understanding the world we live in now.