Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Harlem String Quartet
When: 8 p.m. Jan. 26
Where: Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta
How much: $40-$65
More info: 404-894-9600, www.ferstcenter.org
Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center Presents series welcomes Chick Corea and Gary Burton with the Harlem String Quartet at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.
Audience members are invited to "Jazz Connect," a free pre-show jazz talk led by Jay Edwards, host of WCLK 91.9-FM’s "Jazz Tones" at 7 p.m.
Corea is one of the most prolific composers of the second half of the 20th century. Since beginning a solo career in 1966 with his critically acclaimed debut, "Tones for Joan’s Bones," Corea has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an electric keyboardist experimenting with the sound of fusion with his groups Return to Forever and the Chick Corea Elektric Band.
His career resume includes more than 50 Grammy nominations and 14 Grammy Awards. In 2005, Corea was honored with the prestigious Award for the Piano Festival Ruhr in Germany, the first time the honor was granted to a jazz pianist. In 2006, he became an NEA Jazz Master, the highest honor the U.S. bestows on jazz musicians.
Burton taught himself to play the vibraphone and at the age of 17 made his recording debut in Nashville with guitarists Hank Garland and Chet Atkins. Two years later, he joined George Shearing and subsequently Stan Getz, with whom he worked from 1964-1966. Burton’s 1971 album, "Alone at Last," a solo vibraphone concert recorded at the 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival, was honored with his first Grammy Award.
In recent years Burton has focused his recording and performing efforts on collaborations, including tours and recordings with Corea, Pat Metheny, Makoto Ozone, Spanish pianist/composer Polo Orti and French accordionist Richard Galliano. The double disc live concert recording with Chick Corea, "The New Crystal Silence," was released in 2008, resulting in his sixth Grammy. Corea and Burton toured full-time from September 2006 through spring 2008.
The Harlem String Quartet members include Ilmar Gavilán (violin), Melissa White (violin), Juan-Miguel Hernandez (viola) and Paul Wiancko (cello). They made an acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in fall 2006 at the Sphinx Organization’s 10th anniversary gala concert.
In 2009 the quartet performed by invitation with Itzhak Perlman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and made its London debut performing at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to the U.K.
Tickets are $40, $50 and club seating for $65. For information, call 404-894-9600 or visit www.ferstcenter.org.