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Real McCoy To Play Jazz Festival

Piano legend McCoy Tyner is to top the bill at this year's Coventry Jazz Festival.

Philadelphia-born Tyner, aged 61, played piano for the great John Coltrane in the 1960s and is regarded as one of the living legends of jazz.

He brings his trio, long-time collaborators Avery Sharpe on bass and drummer Aaron Scott, to the Belgrade Theatre on the evening of Sunday, 27 August.

The son of a beauty parlour owner, McCoy Tyner took up the piano seriously at the age of 13 and two years later was playing professionally.

In 1960 at the age of just 22 he joined a new group being put together by his friend John Coltrane - widely regarded as the greatest quartet in jazz history.

Tyner's distinctive, suspense-filled playing helped define the sound that has continued to inspire not just jazz musicians right down to today, but also some of the great rock bands of the day, like The Byrds and the Grateful Dead.

In 1965 Tyner left to go solo. He's recorded steadily ever since, experimenting with different areas of popular music, including a Latin album and even a Burt Bacharach tribute.

He's the second major artist to be confirmed for the five-day Coventry Festival, which runs from 24-28 August.

British star Andy Sheppard has been lined up to play the Belgrade on Saturday, August 26.

Bob Marriott, who chairs the festival organising committee, said, "We're really excited about signing up McCoy Tyner for the festival.

"He's one of the world's leading jazz musicians. Normally you have to travel to London to see a musician of his stature."

For the second year the festival is being co-ordinated by Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions, working with local jazz promoters. Highlights of the 1999 festival included Georgie Fame and the legendary Jimmy Smith.

For ticket and booking information contact the Coventry Tourist Information Centre at Bayley Lane, Coventry Tel  024 7683 2303 / 2304.
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