World reknowned jazz painist dead at 79

1941-2021

Chick Corea at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 2018. (Photo by Tore Saetre/Creatvie Commons)

Mulitple Grammy Award winner, musical giant, winner had strong Everett tie

By JOSH RESNEK

World-famous jazz pianist Chick Corea succumbed to cancer over the weekend.

He grew up in Chelsea, where a street has been named after him. But he spent his high school years in Everett, where his parents moved.

His father was a musician in a band. Son Chick was brought up in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

He attended Chelsea Public Schools.

When Corea was 16, the family moved to another Woodlawn home on Abbott Street.

Corea had strong Everett connections.

In fact, he graduated from Everett’s Vocational High School in 1958 and left to embark on a lifelong rendezvous with destiny as one of the world’s most renowned and accomplished jazz composers and pianist.

This writer interviewed Corea in 1992 for a lengthy and personal piece that appeared in the Improper Bostonian Magazine.

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