As news of the death of jazz musician Chick Corea spread across social media today, journalists, musicians and others shared memories of encounters and pieces of his music that meant something to them.
Corea, a Scientologist and longtime resident of Clearwater, won 23 Grammys over his extensive career. A statement posted to his website said he died of “a very rare form of cancer.”
Chick Corea 😢 RIP #chickcorea “Light As A Feather” was the first record I bought with my own money. My thoughts with all his loved ones.— Boney James (@boneyjames) February 11, 2021
Jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Chick Corea passed away on Feb. 9 of cancer. He was 79 years old. @nprscottsimon spoke with Chick this past September about his latest album, "Plays." Listen & read here: https://t.co/h9Yg0P73bk— Weekend Edition (@NPRWeekend) February 11, 2021
Jazz icon Chick Corea has died at the age of 79.— JAZZ.FM91 (@JAZZFM91) February 11, 2021
In a parting message to friends and fans, he said: “I want to thank all of those along my journey who have helped keep the music fires burning bright."
Full statement: https://t.co/bc6NyBsyVR pic.twitter.com/dDFra8BiJC
Shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Chick Corea’s death. He was a true legend. Was so looking forward to our concerts this spring... RIP— Alan Gilbert (@GilbertConducts) February 11, 2021
RIP to legendary jazz musician @ChickCorea, who sent 29 albums onto the Traditional Jazz Albums chart over his career, including the No. 1 'Chick Corea Akoustic Band' in 1989.— billboard charts (@billboardcharts) February 11, 2021
For this alone.... thank you, Chick Corea— Richard Scheinin (@RichardScheinin) February 11, 2021
Life-changing music. https://t.co/Eqrphl6VbS
We're heartbroken to hear that master pianist and musical boundary-pusher Chick Corea has passed away at age 79. We've gotten to cross paths with Corea several times over the years on the Cafe; listen to this 2018 interview he did with Talia Schlanger. https://t.co/Gp6Mf7YNvw— World Cafe (@WorldCafe) February 11, 2021
Un mundo sin Chick Corea 😥 pic.twitter.com/UAeTM4NAK1— Marlango 🎤🎹😷 (@MarlangoOficial) February 11, 2021
RIP Chick Corea. Got to jam with him in high school. will never forget it. 🙏🏾— Arin Ray (@ArinRayCamp) February 11, 2021
R.I.P. to a G.O.A.T. @ChickCorea— Reggie King Sears (@reggiesears) February 11, 2021
I have his complete catalog on vinyl and I’m gonna be spinning a lot of it tonight in memory of Chick. The first Return To Forever was and still is PERFECTION.
Chick Corea.— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) February 11, 2021
23 Grammy Awards. Nominated 67 times.
Changed music, oh, twice or three times.
Absolute legend. pic.twitter.com/uDq4HSGepn
RIP Chick Corea. This record means so much to me. Chick's 2019 @lovesupremefest gig was a true triumph. Young and old at the fiesta. Tears and joy. Making great music throughout his career - that's rare. https://t.co/Q9as4NhS7F— Jez Nelson (@jeznelson) February 11, 2021
I’m devastated to hear of the legendary @ChickCorea’s passing. This man changed my life thru his music and we were able to play together many times. I was very fortunate to call him my family. Chick, you are missed dearly, your music and brilliant light will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/YR0n0fb4gH— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) February 11, 2021