Chick Corea 75th birthday celebration in Paris

Chick Corea, one of jazz major pianists who turned 75 last June, was celebrating/celebrated in Paris Philharmonie with several concerts. I chose to attend the Chick Corea Trio featuring Avishai Cohen on double-bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums – the grandson of the legendary Roy Haynes (Haynes who played with Corea and Miroslav Vitouš in a fabulous Trio).

Corea is as brisk and smiling as ever (a certain Keith J. should learn from him on this point!), and clearly enjoys being there ; Cohen, who has regularly worked with Corea is always stunning to look at ; Gilmore is not outdone by his partners (Blood will tell!).
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Jazz gigs from 2010: Kartet, Jim Hall trio, Corea/Vitous/Haynes, Bley

2010 was a great year to see some of the most amazing jazz legends to grace the world’s stages, just like the year I saw Stan Getz and Miles Davis…

First and last were French quartet Kartet, playing near Paris (at Le Triton in Les Lilas in March, and at Montreuil’s Conservatoire in December). Kartet are known by jazz lovers in France, Finland, North America (the New York Times voted one of their albums as one of the “Best 10 discs of pop/jazz of the year”)…

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