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   from the issue of February 8, 2007

Jazz masters offer Valentine's Day 'Duets'

The Lied Center for Performing Arts marks Valentine's Day with jazz musicians Chick Corea and Gary Burton.

The NEA Jazz Masters on Tour performance, "An Evening with Chick Corea and Gary Burton: Duets," is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

With separate music careers that occasionally intersect, Corea and Burton continue to create innovative jazz works. The Grammy-Award winning artists first teamed up in 1972 to produce "Crystal Silence," one of the landmark jazz records of the 1970s. The two later teamed up to produce the Grammy-winning "Native Sense - The New Duets" in 1997. In celebration of the 35th anniversary of "Crystal Silence," Corea and Burton are again teaming up for a select series of performances.

Corea's music career has spanned over four decades. A critical and audience favorite, Corea is a piano talent as well as one of the most prolific composers of the second half of the 20th century. While he is labeled a jazz artist, Corea continually explores new genres and incorporates them into his compositions. His music has connected multitudes of listeners and has earned him an amazing 12 Grammy Awards.

Burton is regarded as a pioneer in the jazz genre, mastering the vibraphone and simultaneous four-mallet playing. He has garnered five Grammy awards and has been named "Jazzman of the Year" by Down Beat magazine.

A pre-performance talk will be offered 30 minutes prior to the performance in the Lied Center's Steinhart Room. Seating is limited.

For more information, go online to or call 472-4747.



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