Jazz fusion began with Miles Davis's heroin addiction in the Sixties and exploded into a full-fledged movement in the Seventies through disciples John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, and, of course, Scientology's own Chick Corea. One of the baddest men to ever handle 88 keys, Corea went straight from the postbop supergroup Circle in 1972 to forming the jazz-rock combo Return to Forever with bassist Stanley Clarke, drummer Lenny White, and guitarist Bill Connors. In 1974, 19-year-old wunderkind Al Di Meola replaced Connors, and the "Beatles of Jazz Fusion" were complete. Now, after a 30-year hiatus, they're back on tour, and what better place to catch them than Miami Beach, where fellow fusionist Jan Hammer's Miami Vice theme is still playing in the sky whenever a cigarette boat passes?
The doors to The Fillmore open at 7 p.m., and the show begins 8 p.m. Tickets start at $46.50; get them through www.livenation.com. (Tickets arent sold by phone, but original Return to Forever fans who never bought computers may call 800-431-3462 for assistance.)
Wed., July 30, 7 p.m., 2008