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Jazz Birthday: McCoy Tyner | December 11, 2012

McCoy Tyner  1938

Raised in Philadelphia, inspired by his neighbor Bud Powell, McCoy Tyner worked with many notable Philly-based musicians, including trumpeter Lee Morgan and the Heath Brothers.  He’s best known for his work with The John Coltrane Quartet. The band, which also included drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison, had an extraordinary chemistry, fostered in part by Tyner’s relationship with Coltrane, who called him “little brother.”  He’s gone on to have a long successful career with his own trio and as a solo artist.

“I love to play ballads. I think it’s because it shows that you have some passion in your life.”

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