“Mi querido Chick”
Jorge Pardo (flute, sax), Juan José Heredia “Niño Josele” (flamenco guitar), José Heredia “José de Josele” (piano)
Jorge Pardo, a brilliant flute and sax player, one of the most powerful voices of European Jazz, represents Spanish Jazz more than anyone and is among the most innovative of flamenco musicians. In recognition of his achievements, Pardo received the Donostiako Jazzaldia Award last year.
During his career Pardo has collaborated with important musicians including Paco de Lucía, Wagner Tiso, Camarón, Tete Montoliu, Alex Acuña, Gil Goldstein, Peter Erskine, Chano Domínguez, Javier Colina,… and, of course, with the recently deceased Chick Corea, to whom he and Niño Josele pay tribute in this concert programmed in the Kutxabank Kursaal Auditorioa.
On the guitar the brilliant Niño Josele, descendent of tocaores and cantaores, he started playing the guitar when only six years old, proceeding to develop a career clearly influenced not only by flamenco music, but also by Jazz, having collaborated with artists including Chick Corea, Paco de Lucía, Enrique Morente, Phil Woods, Tomatito, Carles Benavent, Estrella Morente, Chano Domínguez, Marc Johnson, Joe Lovano…
Jorge Pardo and Niño Josele accompanied Chick Corea for many years; on landing in Madrid, Chick would always get in touch with his flamenco pals, working with them on several projects, the last of which was “Chick Corea and the Spanish Heart Band” thanks to which they won the Grammy for best Latin Jazz album in 2019.
So much music together, marvellous moments of laughter, unforgettable memories, there could be no better way to express their gratitude for everything he gave them, for allowing them to continue performing their music live; that’s why Jorge and Josele, with all of their affection and admiration, have prepared “Mi Querido Chick”.
Also featuring in the concert are the young pianist José de Josele, with the percussion of Jonathan Cortés, in a quartet bringing a repertoire of Corea’s classics, including “Ceremonial Procession”, “Yellow Nimbus” as well as some of their own numbers which they dedicate to the maestro.