McCoy Tyner Celebrates His 70th Birthday

NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award-winning pianist McCoy Tyner caps a national tour with a week-long 70th birthday celebration at the Blue Note in New York City, December 9-14. Joining McCoy nightly will be trio mates Gerald Cannon (bass) and Eric Kamau Gravatt (drums) as well as tap master Savion Glover, and some very special guests.

At 70 years old, McCoy Tyner's position as the most influential living jazz pianist is indisputable. From his innovative work with John Coltrane's timeless quartet to his over five decades of classic recordings and performances, Tyner's stature in the jazz pantheon is unrivaled.

On Sept. 23, Tyner released his second album on McCoy Tyner Music/Half Note Records, a CD/DVD titled GUITARS. Along with a trio of Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette, Tyner invited guitarists Bill Frisell, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, Marc Ribot, and banjoist Bela Fleck for the studio recording and DVD shoot. "I've never done anything like this before, " Tyner said. "It was great, and each guitarist had his own concept and sound which is very, very important on any instrument." The included DVD features multiple camera angles allowing for access to behind-the-scenes rehearsal and session footage and choose which musician to watch throughout.

McCoy will be doing very limited interviews so please get your requests in early for we will be scheduling press days asap and want to fit your needs and deadlines when possible.

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