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America’s “beloved, funny uncle” returns to the DHPAC stage
For an uproariously funny summer evening engagement
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center will once again host “The Hilarious Comedy of Uncle Floyd,” back by popular demand, Saturday, August 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $20 for this show that critics call “a sure crowd pleaser.”
Best known as the star of NBC’s classic The Uncle Floyd Show, and from roles in top motion pictures such as Good Morning Vietnam, and his long-running weekly Italian radio show, “Uncle Floyd Vivino”, Floyd is most comfortable on stage as a comedian in the great Vaudeville tradition.
Some credit the cult popularity of his television show with helping to knock the legendary cult series Star Trek off the air. Others insist he inspired David Bowie to write a song about him in 2002, while Bowie credits the late John Lennon with telling him all about this American phenomenon. Either way, Uncle Floyd consistently sells out in Dix Hills with standing ovations.
Born Floyd Vivino in Paterson, N.J. on October 19, 1951, Uncle Floyd began his career in show business as a child performer, giving piano recitals and appearing as a dancer with Sandra Lee and Jill Davison. He danced at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York and at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. As a high school student he was being groomed by dance and piano instructors to pursue careers in those fields. Finding it difficult to practice the piano eight hours a day or work out in ballet class, he dropped both in his junior year, performing instead in the drama club.
After high school he went right to work in show business, finding employment in the circus, at night clubs, amusement parks and as a comedian in the few remaining burlesque shows. His varied experiences in the performing arts finally led him to television where he began his own show titled The Uncle Floyd Show in New Jersey. The show developed a loyal following in the New York-New Jersey area in the 1970′s.
Performing live, however, has always remained his first love. He played the Catskill and Pocono Mountains resorts for many years, working the stages at Caesars, The Fernwood, Friar Tuck, Roseland Ranch, Green Lake, The Nevelle, Pine Grove, Kelly’s, Villa Baglieri and Villa Roma. He has also toured with or opened for many legendary headliners including Jimmy Roselli, Lou Monte, Melba Moore, Jerry Vale, Pat Cooper, Al Martino, Pete Seeger, Toni Arden, Julius LaRosa, Tom Chapin, Eddie Rabbit and Jimmy Sturr.
“We are excited to welcome Uncle Floyd back for another highly entertaining performance at The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center,” said Sandy Hinden, Director of the Center. “He is a perennial favorite here at the Center and his show is always one of the best-received in our line-up year after year. I cannot think of a better way to spend a carefree summer evening.”
Half Step performs classic music from the Grateful Dead
In honor of what would have been Jerry’s 72nd birthday
“What a long, strange trip it continues to be,” as The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center celebrates what would have been guitarist Jerry Garcia’s 72nd birthday, featuring the music of the Grateful Dead as recreated by the band Half Step. Tickets are $25 to $35.
Half Step is a group of dedicated musicians – themselves fans and students of the Grateful Dead, capturing the spirit, improvisational magic, sound and complexity of the iconic group’s music. Half Step covers the vast Grateful Dead songbook, faithfully capturing the spirit of such classics as “Truckin’,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Casey Jones” and “Touch of Grey” among many other favorites and even obscure chestnuts from one of history’s favorite and most prolific folk bands led by Garcia.
Highly regarded and talented musicians in their own right, Half Step presents a unique concert experience that even the most critical Dead fans will appreciate and recognize as authentic.
“This show is a must-see for any veteran Deadhead, music aficionado or newcomer just exposing themselves to the superb body of work of this Iconic American musician and his beloved band,” said Sandy Hinden, executive director of the Center.
The Grateful Dead, featuring the late Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, “Pigpen” McKiernan and a host of musicians, was formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band quickly garnered a large fan base, and became known for its unique and eclectic style which fused elements of Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Blues, Reggae, Country, Improvisational Jazz and Psychedelia to create a lasting, original form of American music based on live performances.
Garcia, who began as a Bluegrass banjo player who followed mandolinist Bill Monroe the way others would later follow him, branched off into newer styles of music at Monroe’s own suggestion that he go his own way and create something new.
Living in the heart of the “hippie” movement in San Francisco gave his band a new sound and a new attitude that he would help spread across America with a simple message of “live for the moment.” This message helped to propel his brand of American popular music through a network of college campuses until his untimely death in 1995. He would often return to his acoustic past with side band projects such as Old and In The Way and his solo work that would often be included in the Dead’s set-list.
Now, Half Step continues with Jerry’s original vision of spreading the joy that the Grateful Dead’s music brings to both new and old fans alike.
ABBA Fans and Pop Music Fans Alike will Enjoy the High-Energy Performance
that Faithfully Recreates All the Excitement of a Live ABBA Concert
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents: “ABBA Girlz, a Tribute to ABBA,” Saturday, July 26h at 7:30 p.m., here at the Center. Ticket prices start at just $25 for this electrifying, memorable show.
Since the hit Broadway play Mamma Mia debuted, fans of the “second Fab Four” have been clamoring for more live appearances of their favorite group. New York City-based Abba Girlz brings the authenticity of the supergroup that hails from Sweden to fans throughout New York and across the country.
ABBA Girlz features beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography guaranteed to captivate audiences. The four-member group, backed by a talented group of musicians, has been entertaining crowds all over North America since 2009.
The secret to ABBA Girlz’s success is great musicianship, energetic personalities and a genuine love for what they do. Their charisma electrifies audiences of all ages. As is often the case with tribute band performances, comparison to the original group is inevitable. The members of ABBA Girlz have overlooked no detail in bringing this production to the stage. The girls interact with the crowd and have people singing (and dancing) along to those monster ABBA hits — from “Waterloo” to “Dancing Queen” and “Mama Mia” and “Fernando” to name a few.
In 2012, the group was featured on Comedy Central’s hit show The Colbert Report and has played live concert performances nationwide. ABBA Girlz was founded by Halle as ABBA’s Frieda, and Agnes, who plays the “role” of Agneitha.
ABBA burst on the pop music scene in 1972 and became one of the top-selling recording acts of all time, selling a total of 380 million albums and singles before retiring to their native Sweden in 1982, just ten years later. Incredibly, they are second to only the Beatles in most records ever sold.
Tickets are now available for The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center’s
Annual “Spring Festival of Performances”
Leading with “Kiss Me Kate”
April 10th through May 14th
Spring is in the air (finally!) as The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents the annual Spring Festival of Performances, April 10th through May 14th. The Center plans a wide variety of Popular Music, Theatrical, Jazz and Classical productions at reasonable prices close to home.
“We’ve scheduled something for just about everyone in the family,” says Sandy Hinden, executive director of the Center. “From children’s theater to Jazz ensembles to Cabaret reviews and a Broadway-caliber musical production, there’s something exciting at the Center for people of all ages.”
The season kicks off on April 10th at 7:30 p.m. with the Five Towns College production of the beloved Broadway musical comedy masterpiece Kiss Me, Kate, winner of the first Tony award ever for Best Musical. Performances will run Thursday, April 10th to Saturday the 12th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 13th and 2:00 pm.
For younger audiences, the college will produce the Prince Street Players’ production of the classic children’s play Cinderella on Saturday, May 3rd at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 4th at 12 noon and 3 p.m. This production, with book and lyrics by Jim Eiler and music by Eiler and Jeanne Bargy, is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Both musical theater productions are directed by Marie Danvers.
For fans of the voice, the Center will present an evening of Barbershop with The Mostly Barbershop – A Cappella Show, Tuesday, May 6th at 7:30 p.m. This evening of incredible vocal harmonies will include performances by Five Towns College’s Men’s A Cappella Group, the Women’s A Cappella Group and The Long Island Sound Chorus. The evening’s production will be directed by Marc Silverberg.
On Wednesday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m., the Center will present the Five Towns College Spring Concert I, featuring the FTC Concert Pops conducted by Professor Dean Karahalis and the FTC Chorus directed by Professor Jeffrey Lipton. The College’s brightest voices will come together for this annual spring event.
On Thursday, May 8th at 7:30 p.m, the Center will present the Guitar Extravaganza ~ A Tribute to the Great Jazz Clubs and the Musicians Who Jammed There, featuring tributes to such luminaries as Django Reinhardt, Thelonius Monk, Johnny Smith, Wes Montgomery and “Symphony Sid” among others. The evening will be filled with surprise guests, jam session performances and a multi-media presentation of never-before-seen photographs. After the show there will be refreshments and a meet-the-artists reception in the upbeat café as well as a seminar on guitar care and maintenance with Briggs Guitar Shop. Long Island jazz guitar icon, teacher and director Peter Rogine, humorously hoped that “Audience members can wear their berets.”
On Sunday, May 11th at 2 p.m., the Center will present Broadway Bound, “Who Am I Anyway?” a cabaret review with theater songs ranging from classic Broadway standards to tunes from recent hit shows. It offers the best of both contemporary and traditional Broadway music with great performances by the FTC award-winning theater department.
On Monday, May 12th at 5 p.m., the Center will present the Five Towns College Jazz Ensembles in concert. The best FTC Jazz ensembles will present a broad repertoire from the blues, American Songbook standards, Jazz/Dixieland, BeBop, Fusion and Modern/Contemporary Jazz and Mainstream Jazz. The concert will be under the direction of Five Towns College Professor and renowned Jazz trumpeter Greg Bobulinski.
On Tuesday, May 13th at 7:30 p.m. the Center will present An Evening of Jazz with the Five Towns College Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Professor Steve Briody. The Jazz Orchestra is comprised of FTC’s budding Jazz musicians playing together as one.
On Wednesday, May 14th at 7:30 p.m. the Center will present Spring Concert II featuring the Five Towns College String Orchestra conducted by Professor Mathew Pierce, the Five Towns College Choir directed by Professor Jeffrey Lipton and the extraordinary Five Towns College Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Professor Stephen Gleason.
Folk Sensation “A Band Called Honalee”
Tribute band returns audiences to the era of Peter, Paul and Mary,
when folk music was suddenly new for a generation of music fans
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center will present a tribute to Peter, Paul & Mary and their friends, when “A Band Called Honalee,” produced by Broadway’s Aaron Gandy, takes center stage, Friday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m. here at the Center. Tickets are just $20.
Sara Randall Hunt, Chris Ware, Dennis Michael Keefe and Eli Zoller comprise “A Band Called Honalee” – a play on Peter, Paul & Mary’s lyrics for that band’s iconic song Puff the Magic Dragon – who “frolicked in the autumn mist” in a LAND called Honalee.
A Band Called Honalee is a tribute to the music of Peter, Paul & Mary, and their friends who were staples in the folk movement scene of the 1960s. Musically accomplished, interactive and energetic, their shows allow audiences to enjoy Peter Paul & Mary’s timeless music onstage once again. Their inventive arrangements of Peter, Paul & Mary favorites honor the past, while bringing fresh appreciation to long-time PPM fans and new audiences alike.
Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, The Mamas And The Papas, The Weavers, Judy Collins, and other folk and folk/rock artists were responsible for producing a new sound and forging a new era in the world of music. Some of their classic songs will be performed at this show as well by the band, including “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowing In The Wind,” “Puff The Magic Dragon,” “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” “Early Morning Rain,” “500 Miles,” “If I Had My Way,” “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright,” “Both Sides Now,” and many more
Today, musicians like Marcus Mumford are leading a new American Folk Music Revival, and everyone is looking back in earnest at the last revival – the birth of the Folk Era of the late 1950s and early 1960s. This has been heightened by two recent developments, the recent passing of legendary banjo player/humanitarian Pete Seeger who inspired musicians like Mumford, and the triumphant release of the Coen Brother’s film, “Llewyn Davis,” about the birth of folk era.
Peter, Paul and Mary, (Peter Yarrow, Paul Stuckey and the late Mary Travers) were the largest exponents of that earlier revival – introducing Americans to the songwriting of major figures such as Bob Dylan and John Denver, to name just two examples – and focusing the pop charts on the new sound. Of course that “new sound” was really the old sound learned on America’s back roads by people like Woody Guthrie and recorded by people like historian Alan Lomax and Americans fell in love with it all over again through new media.
“This show is always met with so much enthusiasm when it comes to the Center,” says Sandy Hinden, Executive Director of the Center. “Folk music has made a resurgence of sorts and this show honors that revival with the incredible talents and high energy of the band. Folk fans will find this show highly entertaining and moving.”
Manhattan Dolls swing trio returns to Dix Hills,
Honoring Long Island Veterans
Sunday, March 16th
The Manhattan Dolls make their triumphant return to Five Towns College here on Sunday, March 16th, at 2pm, when the talented trio headline in Manhattan Dolls Through The Decades at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center in a star-spangled show honoring Long Island Veterans of all ages. The Manhattan Dolls are a popular Swing/Jazz style female vocal trio that regularly plays Manhattan clubs.
Tickets here are just $25 to $35, and are available through the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center box office at www.dhpac.org or phone at 631-656-2148.
Originally founded by real USO Girls, the group has performed all over the United States in parades, national television broadcasts, air shows, hospitals for U.S. veterans, VIP dinners, large “hangar dances,” award ceremonies and major jazz and supper clubs. They have been featured on BBC Radio London, Fox and Friends, LX4NY, The Tucson Morning Blend and The Rachael Ray Show to name just a few.
The women have appeared on stage with top-name acts, appearing in the U.K. with The Jive Aces, in France with The Cotton Candies, and with The George Gee Orchestra and the famous Stan Rubin Orchestra in New York City. They have just returned from successful bookings on both the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II cruise ships, and will return to France a few weeks after the Dix Hills performance.
Their shows in Manhattan perform to sell-out crowds — who come for the high energy, incredible harmonies and pure nostalgia (comparisons to the iconic Andrews Sisters is inevitable) on Wednesday nights at SWING 46 with The Stan Rubin Orchestra. Long Island fans will only have to go as far as Dix Hills to see this critically-acclaimed show that will take its audience on a musical trip through the decades in tribute to Long Island Veterans.
“We are so thrilled that ‘The Dolls’ are making their way back to our stage right here in Dix Hills,” says Sandy Hinden, Executive Director of the Center. “Their last two shows at DHPAC were among the most well-received we have offered. The group truly is in high demand worldwide and they have been busy touring the US and abroad. This is the perfect opportunity for fans and supporters of local Veterans to come out for an amazing afternoon of entertainment and nostalgia.”
The talented women sing tight Andrews Sisters-style harmonies to timeless classics of which Long Islanders love to hear. Please visit the classy cantresses’ new website at www.themanhattandolls.com. It features photos, bios, audio and video clips of the young women who comprise the Manhattan Dolls.
The group is known for retrospective performances recreating specific periods of the classic Jazz era, ‘50s and ‘60s “Rockin’ with the Dolls,” and an “All Dolled-Up Roaring ‘20s” review. Their “Manhattan Dolls Through The Decades” show is a rousing Best of the Best of all their shows performed at the Dix Hills Center for veterans, family and friends, and all who are sure to love the Manhattan Dolls!
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center Presents
“Mostly Moptop in The Fab ’64 Show,”
Exactly 50 years after the Beatles first Appeared Live on
“The Ed Sullivan Show”, Long Island’s Premier Beatles tribute band
Mostly Moptop will perform breakthrough Beatles tunes
from their historic albums from that period
The Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts will present Long Island’s premier Beatles band Mostly Moptop live on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles American television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Mostly Moptop play regularly at DHPAC and contributes their expertise to the John Lennon Center for Music & Technology at Five Towns College.
The show, Saturday night, Feb. 8th at 7:30 p.m., is entitled “The Fab ’64 Show,” and will focus primarily on the Beatles’ breakthrough music from the historic albums “Meet the Beatles,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” and “Beatles for Sale.”
Mostly Moptop has been playing Beatles music as well as other covers from the ’60s through the late ’70s since 1995. They have performed with the Beatles Magical Orchestra conducted by noted American composer David Amram. They have played successful shows in many NY area venues and are known for wowing audiences with their faithful renditions of Beatles favorites as well as some solo work recorded by the Fab Four.
“I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I’ll Cry Instead,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “All My Loving,” and many more classic songs from the Ed Sullivan era will be expertly performed at this fun show, where audience members are encouraged to sing along.
Mostly Moptop is comprised of Anthony Pomes, who plays rhythm and lead guitar, bass, piano and vocals; John Tabacco on drums, piano, bass, vocals; Eddie Franz on rhythm and lead guitar, bass and vocals; and Paul Michael Barkan, who plays bass, keyboards, miscellaneous instruments and also provides vocals.
Come hear the tunes that launched the Beatles career and spurred an entire “British Invasion” of rock’ n’ roll, as could only be performed by Long Island’s phenomenal pop combo, Mostly Moptop. “The Fab ’64 Show” is a special one-time only concert experience and anniversary “celebration” that is a must-see for Beatles fans and music lovers alike.
“We are thrilled to once again welcome Mostly Moptop to the DHPAC stage as we honor the memory of the Beatles’ historic first appearance in America,” said Sandy Hinden, Director of the Center. “Mostly Moptop performs an extraordinary show of songs and reminiscences from the most beloved group of all time. We are looking forward to an amazing evening of music!”
In Celebration of Black History Month,
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center Presents
An Electrifying Variety of Performances
A Tribute to Stevie Wonder,
The Great Jazz Organ & Piano with TW Sample, as well as
an Amazing Tap Dance Performance by Maurice Chestnut
all Top a Night of Festivities
The Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts will present its annual celebration of Black History Month, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., with an evening of performance that pays tribute to the remarkable achievements of one of the world’s most beloved singers as well as showcases the talents of two of today’s most versatile performers. Tickets are just $20.
“This celebration is always among our favorites, and the February 7th show promises to be one of the best ever held on Long Island,” said Sandy Hinden, executive director of the Center. “Those who appreciate fine Jazz will be moved by this show, and those who appreciate the fine music of Stevie Wonder and great dance will be jazzed.”
The evening starts with “A Tribute to Stevie Wonder” by Five Towns College Rising Stars, paying tribute to the man who has recorded more than 10 U.S. number one hit singles, 20 R&B number one hits, 30 U.S. Top Ten hits, 22 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Song, and to date has album sales totaling more than 100 million units.
The evening continues with Jazz pianist and organist TW Sample, one of the rising stars in the world of Jazz. TW Sample has a style that reaches from Jazz to Gospel to R & B. He returns to the Dix Hills Center with the great Maurice Chestnut who astounds audiences with his remarkable tap dancing abilities.
Chestnut was recruited by Tap Master Savion Glover to join the national touring company of the Tony Award-Winning “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk,” where he received critical acclaim. He has performed on ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and with such prominent Jazz musicians as Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut and Thelonious Monk III, at the JVC Jazz Festival and The Apollo Theater.
*This performance is presented in collaboration with NYS Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney.
Dix Hills Performing Arts Center
presents the music of Iconic band
Chicago with Beginnings
Saturday, February 1st
Few bands have established their authenticity as quickly as these
eight all-stars, who precisely recreate Chicago’s jazz-rock classics
The music of the legendary and iconic group Chicago will be performed when popular tribute band Beginnings takes the stage at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, Saturday, Feb.1st at 7:30 p.m., Tickets are just $35, $30 and $25. Beginnings recreates both the music and excitement of Chicago right down to the legendary group’s haunting vocals and searing brass fanfares.
In the fall of 2002, Beginnings was born out of the love and respect for the music of one of the greatest American rock bands of all time – Chicago. Forged together by eight professional musicians, all veterans of the New York music scene, Beginnings, like Chicago, was a labor of love based on musicianship and professionalism. But a funny thing happened on the way to Carnegie Hall. An eight-man collaboration blossomed into a non-stop musical odyssey.
Beginnings is a tightly woven structure of intellectual musical talent rarely seen in today’s music world, either in the original or tribute arena. They are eight individually talented musicians who together comprise an ever-evolving universe of musicality that encompasses multi-instrumentalists and five lead vocalists. This depth of talent is focused on the band Chicago, whose song book spans more than forty years, and includes five No. 1 albums and twenty top ten hits. Their performances bring to life the music of Chicago, and exceptionally recreate every decade of the band’s hits. Beginnings is a family-friendly melodic adventure, exciting to music lovers of all ages.
For years Beginnings has entertained audiences all over the country. Their performances include Walt Disney World Resort’s EPCOT Center, Bally’s Atlantic City Resort and Casino, The Golden Nugget Atlantic City Resort and Casino, The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino, Caesar’s Poconos Resorts, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Casino, The Circle Square Cultural Center (Ocala Fla.), The Company Theatre (Norwell, Mass.) and many, many more.
When a group of musicians from Chicago formed a band in 1967, it was their dream to integrate all the musical diversity from their beloved city and weave a new sound, a rock ‘n roll band with horns. Chicago Transit Authority was born and their dream turned into 20 Top Ten singles, 12 Top Ten albums (five of which were #1) and sales of more than 120 million records.
Members of Chicago were on hand to catch Beginnings’ show in Atlantic City following their own sold-out concert nearby. Since their humble beginnings in 2003, the band Beginnings has been thrilling audiences of devoted Chicago fans and general music fans alike at summer festivals, large concert halls and clubs in the New York Metro area. Now, they’re coming to Dix Hills for what promises to be another sell-out performance.
“With roots in favorite Long Island club bands, careers long dedicated to the Chicago sound, and serious musical credentials, the eight members of Beginnings differentiate themselves nightly,” said Sandy Hinden, director of the Center. “This show is a crowd favorite and one of the most popular in our line-up.”
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center presents:
A Tribute to Chick Corea and
Return to Forever with Scogeojam
Scogeojam, an American Jazz Fusion band
widely known for its authentic recreations of the music of
Chick Corea and Return to Forever, will debut in Dix Hills,
Friday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m.
The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center will present “A Tribute to the Music of Chick Corea and Return to Forever” withScogeojam, Friday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.
Scogeojam, consisting of musicians Mike Desroches, George Panos, Scott Thomas Ferreira, Jason Fenichel, has made a name for itself by recreating the groundbreaking jazz-fusion music of keyboardist Chick Corea and his legendary band “Return to Forever.” Saxophonist Jimmy Halperin will be joining the band for the night.
Join Scogeojam for a night of music spanning the legendary Chick Corea’s many styles including songs from the albums “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs;” “Return to Forever;” and more. The band will perform both his electric and acoustic music. Anyone who loves Chick Corea, jazz, funk or fusion will love this incredible show.
Members of Scogeojam have opened for such major acts as Eminem, Stone Temple Pilots, Counting Crows, The Dave Matthews Band, Live, 311, Jimmies Chicken Shack, Blues Traveler, SR71, The Smithereens, David Crosby, Spearhead, Sugar Ray, and have toured in the Skynyrd Legends Tour featuring legendary members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Artimus Pyle, Ed King, Jojo Billingsley, and Leslie Hawkins.
Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1941, Chick, born Armando Anthony Corea, began playing piano at age four, and made his first mark as a sideman for Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann and saxophonist Stan Getz, and sat in during sessions with Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd.
Then, after touring with Sarah Vaughan, he recorded the now classic “Now He Sings. Now He Sobs,” album with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes. He replaced Herbie Hancock as the regular pianist in Miles Davis’ band, which became known for early experimentation with electric amplification in jazz, and recorded classic albums such as “Bitch’s Brew” before forming his own avante garde band, Circle.
Corea formed the band Return to Forever in 1972 wanting to reach a broader jazz audience more intimately. Return to Forever, one of a handful of seminal fusion bands playing jazz on rock instruments in the 1970’s, featured Corea and bassist Stanely Clarke and a continuous stream of additional musicians – a veritable who’s who in Jazz.
Beginning with a heavily Latin-influenced album, “Return to Forever,” in 1972, Return to Forever evolved into more mainstream rock with its second album “Light as a Feather,” as Corea was influenced by John McLaughlin’s Majavishnu Orchestra. Later, the band was influenced by Corea’s wife Gayle, who sang on the band’s last studio album “Musicmagic” in 1977. The band then disbanded, but released a series of live albums, and later re-formed in 2008 to tour.