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You'll have to work hard NOT to see Chick Corea at 39th Detroit Jazz Festival / The Oakland Press

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Artist-In-Residence Chick Corea will be on stage quite a bit this Labor Day Weekend. He opens things on Friday, Aug. 31, with his Akoustic Band, then firing up his Elektric Band on Saturday, Sept. 1. Corea, 77, The Grammy Award-winning musician, bandleader and composer -- whose resume includes working with Miles Davis and Return To Forever as well as his solo projects -- will also have the last word on Monday, Sept. 3, playing his composition "Spain" with the Detroit Jazz Festival Symphony Orchestra. 

Corea is particularly looking forward to "Spain", saying "it's a very special piece. It's written for sextet and orchestra -- a full symphony orchestra, plus a sextet. So I'll have four out of the five members of the Elektric Band in the sextet. Eric Marienthal, the original saxophonist from the piece, is going to play one of the saxophone roles and the original trombonist from the piece, Steve Davis, is going to come in and play. So it should be a pretty smokin' ensemble. And I've worked with the conductor, Steven Mercurio, on other things. It just all fell together here in Detroit. It'll be a unique experience." ....Keep an eye out and you might see the keyboard virtuoso poking around the festival site, too.