Chick’s in New York City this week prepping for 3 shows with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the New York Daily News took the opportunity to talk to him about the city he calls his “spiritual home.”
“Corea moved to New York in 1959 because ‘all of my jazz heroes were living and working in New York. The list in the 1960s is staggering.’ He lived for a while in Brooklyn and was one of the first loft owners on 19th St. in Manhattan.
“He attended Columbia University for a semester. Then, after seeing the Miles Davis Quintet play at Birdland, he says, ‘I decided that I didn’t want to spend my time in a liberal arts college. I wanted to stay in the city and cut my teeth on music.'”
Chick said that New York is “still bubbling with creativity.”