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Published: 2009/08/05

Return to Return to Forever Electric

Original Return to Forever members Chick Corea, Bill Connors, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White will reunite for one night only on September 2 at Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl. This gig marks the first performance by the original RTF electric lineup since 1974 (though various incarnations of the group have toured over the years). The unique concert, which kicks off Corea, Clarke, and Whites first worldwide tour as a trio, will also include guest appearances by vocal legend Chaka Khan and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Also appearing at the Hollywood Bowl will be guitarist John Scofield and the Piety Street Band.

Both Khan and Ponty have a history of collaboration with Corea. Khan was featured on the 1982 album Echoes of an Era, which included Clarke and White as well as tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. Ponty contributed to Coreas 1976 project My Spanish Heart in addition to Calrkes 1995 album Rite of Strings.
The reunited Return to Forever lineup is expected to revive classic RTF material including Space Circus, Captain SeMouse, and Spain. Stops on the first leg of the tour include the Detroit International Jazz Festival, a three night run at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN, and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Leg two will take the trio overseas starting at the Grand Rex in Paris in addition to a series of jazz festivals in France, Romania, and Slovenia. Corea, Clark and White will wrap up the tour with a six night run at Tokyos Blue Note and a final performance in Singapore. Report by Steven Hoffer
Below is a complete tour schedule for the Corea, Clarke, and White Trio
Sept 2 Los Angeles, CAHollywood Bowl
Sept 4 Detroit, MIDetroit International Jazz Festival

Sept 5 Bethlehem, PALehigh University
Sept 7-8 Minneapolis, MNDakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Sept 9-11 San Diego, CAAnthology

Sept 12 Phoenix, AZOrpheum Theater
Sept 15-18 Oakland, CAYoshis Oakland
Sept 20 Monterey, CAMonterey Jazz Festival
Sept 22 Arcata, CAHumboldt State University

Sept 25 Buffalo, NYUniversity of Buffalo
Sept 26 Toronto, ONRoyal Conservatory
Sept 27 Cleveland, OHHouse of Blues
Sept 28 Alexandria, VABirchmere
Sept 29 Englewood, NJBergen Performing Arts Center

Oct 1 Boone, NCAppalachian State University (Chick Corea solo piano)
Oct 3 Katonah, NYCaramoor Center for Music and the Arts (Chick Corea solo piano)
Oct 20 Paris, FranceGrand Rex
Oct 22 Tourcoing, FranceTourcoiing Jazz Festival
Oct 24 Buchareset, RomaniaMasters of Jazz Festival
Oct 27 Ljubljana, Slovenia50! Jazz Festival
Oct 31 Zurich, SwitzerlandTheaterhaus Gessnerallee

Nov 2 Vienna, AustriaKonzerthaus

Nov 6 Ankara, TurkeyAnadolu Gosteri Merkezi
Nov 9 Athens, GreecePallas Theater
Nov 13 Groningen, NetherlandsCulturecentrum de Oosterpoort
Nov 15 London, Great BritainBarbican
Nov 27-Dec 2 Tokyo, JapanBlue Note
Dec 5 Singapore, SingaporeEsplanade Theatres on the Bay

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