Jazz master McCoy Tyner comes to Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts October 17


McCoy TynerJazz Master McCoy Tyner joins the talented members of his quartet onstage at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.

Tyner's blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists.

At 17 he began a career-changing relationship with Miles Davis' sideman, the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane. He joined Coltrane for the classic album "My Favorite Things" (1960) and remained at the core of what became one of the most seminal groups in jazz history, The John Coltrane Quartet. During his five years with Coltrane, he performed on such classic recordings as "Live at the Village Vanguard," "Impressions" and Coltrane's signature suite, "A Love Supreme."

He went on to compose, arrange and became a bandleader of note. His 1972 Grammy-award nomination album "Sahara," broke new ground with the sounds and rhythms of Africa. Over the years he has worked with a long list of artists including fellow Coltrane alumnus Elvin Jones, bassist Ron Carter, Michael Brecker and tap-dancer Savion Glover, to name a few.

He continues to grow and explore new musical directions and now records on the McCoy Tyner Music label. His latest and second CD on his own label, is entitled "Guitars" and features the stellar rhythm section of Tyner, Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette with four modern guitarists (and one banjo) of our time: Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, John Scofield, Derek Trucks and Bela Fleck.

Tickets are $50, $45, $40 and are available online at fairfield.edu/quick or by calling the Box Office at (203) 254-4010. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit fairfield.edu/quick.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on September 25, 2008

Vol. 41, No. 79