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McCoy Tyner and Charles McPherson to Perform Together at Jazz at Lincoln Center

The Apr. 5 and 6 shows will feature both musicians as they enter their eighties

McCoy Tyner, Detroit Jazz Festival 2013

Pianist McCoy Tyner turned 80 in December and alto saxophonist Charles McPherson turns 80 in July. To mark both of their birthdays, these renowned musicians will team up on Apr. 5 and 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York to celebrate their life and work.

Joining Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Tyner and McPherson will play new big-band arrangements of their own compositions. The arrangements have been written by members of the orchestra.

Tyner and McPherson are some of the most influential elders in jazz. Tyner, of course, worked with John Coltrane in the 1960s, while McPherson, a consummate bebopper, spent time playing with Charles Mingus in the 1960s and ’70s. Both have had accomplished careers as leaders.

The concerts begin at 8 p.m. The Apr. 5 performance will be streamed live at and on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Facebook page. On both nights, there will also be a free, pre-concert discussion at 7 p.m. in the Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio in JALC’s Irene Diamond Education Center.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Read McCoy Tyner’s commentary on great moments in his career, given to JazzTimes just before his 69th birthday.

Read a JazzTimes profile of Charles McPherson from 2005.

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