Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock to open MIJF

From the media release

Chick Corea standing arms folded black background, smiling
Chick Corea| image by Toshi Sakurai

Jazz royalty and pioneers of jazz – Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock – will open the 2015 Melbourne International Jazz Festival with an historic opening night performance.

Reuniting for a rare duo performance, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock will open the 2015 Melbourne International Jazz Festival on Thursday, 28 May 2015 with an evening of supreme improvisation and artistry.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Michael Tortoni, is honoured that Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock will open this year’s Festival, “Chick and Herbie are absolute jazz royalty – we cannot wait to see them collaborate in Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.”

For more than half a century, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea have been blazing their own trails of artistic innovation. Born a year apart, both came to the attention of the jazz world in the ’60s through Blue Note sessions and extensive work with Miles Davis, and were among the architects of jazz, rock, and funk fusion from the ’70s onwards. In 1978 they first came together as a duo, stunning audiences with their groundbreaking tour and now-seminal live albums.

Concert details

Tickets on sale Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Date Thursday, 28 May 2015
Time 8.30pm
Location Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Address 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Tickets Premium $149 / A Reserve: $129/$119 / Conc B Reserve: $99/ $89
Bookings 1300 182 183

About the festival

Melbourne International Jazz Festival
28 May – 7 June 2015
The 2015 Melbourne International Jazz Festival is set to warm up the city in midwinter with an incredible program featuring some of the world’s most important and iconic jazz artists, genre bending innovators, virtuosic instrumentalists and soulful singers The rich 2015 program brings jazz into the heart of the city with intimate club gigs, late-night art parties, film screenings, conversations, workshops, events for families and children and a wide range of free events.

Program launch

Thursday, 19 March 2015


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