Chick Enters DownBeat Hall of Fame; Named Artist of the Year

Chick earned a spot among many of his jazz heroes this month, as the 2010 DownBeat Readers’ Poll elected him to the magazine’s Hall of Fame, and named him Artist of the Year and Electric Keyboardist of the Year.

The Hall of Fame spot is rarely given to living jazz artists.

2010 has been an extraordinary year, starting with twin honors in January: his 16th Grammy Award, for Five Peace Band Live, recorded with John McLaughlin; and his Lifetime Achievement Award from Chamber Music America, marking his contribution to small-ensemble music.

Those awards were like a starting gun for Chick—since then, he’s mounted 2 acclaimed world tours, a sold-out 2-week run at the Blue Note in New York, a big-band tour of Sweden and Norway, and string of solo and duet shows that continue to redefine the boundaries of jazz.

This is Chick’s third year in a row atop the Electric Keyboardist category. He’s been a fixture on these lists since the 1970s, and hosted the 1975 awards ceremony with Quincy Jones.

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  2. Chick..For all the year of constant inspiration from you..For create some of the most beautiful music on the planet and for being a major part of my life I give you my greatful thanks always. nIf all goes well, I will finally get to see you live and to meet you ( my lifelong dream).nAs I write this, I am listening to “TO THE STARS” ….. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a joy and an inspiration…. Always listening..Avzal! nnHumble respectnAvzal

  3. What utterly astounds meufeff is when a musician says they have no idea who Chick is. I really don’t need to hear them play after that. That one statement says it all!!!!

  4. Chick..For all the years of constant inspiration from you..For create some of the most beautiful music on the planet and for being a major part of my life I give you my grateful thanks always. nIf all goes well, I will finally get to see you live and to meet you ( my lifelong dream).nAs I write this, I am listening to “TO THE STARS” ….. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a joy and an inspiration..nnHumble respectnAvzaln

  5. Hi Chick, it was great to meet and speak with you (and Gayle) on Saturday before your show at the Beacon Theater in New Yorku00a0– I enjoyed the show immensely — it wasu00a0amazing — you always take the music beyond to a higher level beyond expectations — everyone in Return to Forever IV was sensational!!u00a0u00a0Finally, the entire show was great with Zappa plays Zappa, as well.u00a0 All the best, Gene Fourton

    • I wish I could trade places with you. I’m in South Africa and one has to wait ages before recorded music reaches our shores. I only recently acquired “To The Stars” and as usual with Chick’s music, completely blown away. I have yet to see the man perform live (a lifelong ambition) but will hang in there.

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