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McCoy Tyner

Biography

MCCOY TYNER (pianist, composer, bandleader) was born December 11, 1938. The highly respected piano master, known for his blues infused style began performing with John Coltrane’s band at age 17, proving to be a life changing experience for him. Tyner appeared on the classic “My Favourite Things” along with Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison as well as “Live at the Village Vanguard” and “A Love Supreme”. Leaving Coltrane’s band in 1965 he has gone on to record over 80 albums with his own groups, winning 4 Grammys, including one for the pioneering 1972 African music influenced album, “Sahara” and awarded Jazz Master from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002.