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Watch and listen: Chick Corea’s final interview

Bill DeYoung



Chick Corea Aug. 24, 2020 in the Ruth Eckerd Hall lobby. This was the jazz legend's last live concert performance. Photo by Bill DeYoung

Jazz keyboard legend Chick Corea, a resident of Clearwater, died Feb. 9 of “a rare form of cancer only discovered very recently.” The announcement was posted Thursday afternoon on the 23-time Grammy Award-winner’s Facebook page. He was 79.

Corea appeared on The Catalyst Sessions in October, in what was most likely his final interview. He discussed his imminent return to live performance, in a pair of solo shows in the socially-distanced Ruth Eckerd Hall lobby. “When you’re in front of an audience, to me, that is the ultimate goal of being a performer,” he said. “Being able to deliver to an audience. I mean, I can practice forever at home, but the fulfilling moment is being in front of an audience and getting that feeling across and having an audience experience it.”


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    Mike W.

    November 27, 2022at11:25 pm

    I loved this man and his music,and was blessed enough to see R.T.F three times and he was nice enough to take me on his bus while the guys were loading up to leave and he knew I was awe struck! He asked what do you think about my musicians and I smiled and said they are awesome as he was interested what were my thought’s. David Weckl and John Patitucci. I said they are awesome and he said there kid’s which was astounding!

    May he rest in peace and I could never forget his kindness and he was impressed with my memory and what a great time I had exchanging musical ideas as I told him I was a lifetime follower.

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