North Central College - Naperville, IL

Jazz greats Chick Corea and Gary Burton perform April 10

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307,

Feb. 17, 2010—Prolific jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea joins vibraphonist Gary Burton to present a concert of duets at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.

Corea and Burton are each multiple Grammy Award-winning artists who first collaborated on the 1972 album “Crystal Silence,” which National Public Radio calls “one of the seminal recordings of that decade.” Jazz Times says, “There’s a kind of logic and magic that happens when Chick Corea and Gary Burton duo,” and Musicmatch says “Corea is at his most lyrical when Gary Burton joins him.”

Tickets are $75 and $70; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Corea established a reputation during the 1970s as one of the foremost jazz fusion performers and recording artists. He participated in the birth of the electric fusion movement as a member of Miles Davis’ band in the 1960s. He formed the group Return to Forever with bassist Stanley Clarke in the 1970s. His popular compositions include “Spain,” and he has collaborated with such legends as Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin. Visit to learn more.

A true original on the vibraphone, Burton developed a pianistic style of four-mallet technique as an alternative to the usual two mallets. This approach caused Burton to be heralded as an innovator and his sound and technique are widely imitated. He is also known for pioneering fusion jazz and popularizing the duet format in jazz, as well as being a major figure in jazz education. Visit to learn more.

The pair marked the 35th anniversary of their groundbreaking 1972 release by reuniting in 2007 to record “The New Crystal Silence,” which was nominated for three Grammy Awards and was followed by a reunion tour. All told, Corea has been nominated for 51 Grammy Awards and has won 15.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).