McCoy Tyner Trio, Kenny Barron & Geri Allen at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium Jazz giant McCoy Tyner recorded his 1974 solo piano classic Echoes of a Friend to celebrate his years with the John Coltrane Quartet and as homage to his great mentor. Now forty years later, Echoes With A Friend celebrates McCoys music and artistry in an inter-generational concert featuring pianists Geri Allen and Kenny Barron. An enormous presence whose music has helped shape the evolution of jazz since the early 1960s, Tyner absorbed a global array of influences from Brazil, West Africa and the Caribbean, and has played an essential role in expanding jazzs expressive palette, writing more than a dozen bona fide jazz standards and releasing dozens of enduringly vital albums. He was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2002. Carrying that influence forward, each performer will reveal McCoys impact through solo performances and with McCoys masterful rhythm section of bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Francisco Mela. This very special event commemorates the second anniversary of the SFJAZZ Centers Grand Opening celebration, a historic week of performances that featured multiple nights of McCoys artistry.About Kenny BarronKenny Barron is a 2010 NEA Jazz Master who has helped define and extend the jazz tradition since his work with Dizzy Gillespie in the early 60s catapulted him into the spotlight. A nine-time GRAMMY nominee, his storied career has included extended associations with Stan Getz, Yusef Lateef and Freddie Hubbard in addition to his sparkling work as a leader, which has yielded nearly 50 albums in settings from solo piano to big band.About Geri AllenEasily one of the most accomplished pianists in jazz today, Geri Allen was a founding part of the groundbreaking Brooklyn-based M-Base Collective begun by iconoclastic saxophonist Steve Coleman. Over her expansive career, Allen has released 18 albums as a leader and collaborated with a pantheon of living masters including Ornette Coleman, Charles Lloyd, Wayne Shorter and Charlie Haden.Artist PersonnelMcCoy Tyner pianoGerald Cannon bassFrancisco Mela drums SPECIAL GUESTS Kenny Barron pianoGeri Allen pianoArtist Websitemccoytyner.comkennybarron.comgeriallen.com"Tyner is one of the most brilliant pianists and commanding leaders in modern music. " DownBeat"With his winning combination of wit and grit, elegance and probing intelligence, Kenny Barron sets the standard for post-bop pianism. " Boston Globe"One of the more important jazz musicians of the last 25 years. " The New York Times on Geri AllenShows You Might Also Enjoy... Dec 10-14: A Love Supreme > Buy Tickets Jan 8-11: Pharoah Sanders > Buy Tickets Apr 9-12: Terence Blanchard > Buy Tickets
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