Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White will be joined by singer Chaka Khan, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and Return to Forever’s original guitarist, Bill Connors, at the Hollywood Bowl on September 2 for one show only.
Khan (featured on a 1982 Lenny White-produced project, Echoes of an Era, with Corea, Clarke, White, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard) is expected to perform some of her own hits along with Return to Forever classics. Ponty (a key collaborator on Corea’s 1976 classic My Spanish Heart, and with Clarke on 1995′s Rite of Strings) will lend his virtuosic violin playing to the mix.
Connor’s appearance will mark the first performance of Return to Forever’s original electric lineup since 1974. Together they will reprise such early RTF material as “Space Circus,” “Captain Señor Mouse” and “Spain.”
“Each one of these very special friends is so important in our musical lives,” Corea said in a press release. “Jean-Luc, who helped carve the music of the now legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra in its second incarnation, will join the trio to perform, among other songs, ‘Armando’s Rhumba’ from My Spanish Heart. And we’re very excited to have our old buddy and RTF’s original guitarist, Billy Connors, join us to perform ‘After the Cosmic Rain’ and other songs. And finally, the amazing Chaka Khan will be there to spark the band into who knows what spheres.”
Guitarist John Scofield and his Piety Street Band will also perform at the Hollywood Bowl show.
Corea, Clarke and White’s Hollywood Bowl show will kick off a tour for the trio that includes performing arts centers, festivals and intimate nightclub engagements throughout the United States and Europe, and culminating in December with performances in Japan and Singapore. For a complete list of tour dates, visit www.chickcorea.com.