Renee Flemming

McCoy Tyner. Born in Philadelphia in 1938. He has become one of the greatest pianists and composers in recent decades. McCoy Tyner began playing piano as a 13-year old and later studied at the West Philadelphia Music School and the Granoff School of Music.

At 17, he met John Coltrane and, in 1960, they began to play together. He participated in a countless number of historic sessions with Coltrane - among them, "Africa Brass," "A Love Supreme," and "My Favorite Things."

In 1965, McCoy Tyner left John Coltrane to lead his own trio, Blue Note, and began to record in his own name. During the 1970s, McCoy Tyner was busy recording and touring.  He achieved great success among critics and the general public alike. McCoy Tyner is one of the most important pianists of the last 30 years. He has had great influence on many musicians and has contributed to some of jazzs greatest moments.