Remembering McCoy Tyner

McCoy Tyner at the Ferring Jazz Bistro at Jazz St. Louis circa 1999. Photo by Dennis Owsley

My heart is heavy to learn of the passing of one of the great legends of jazz, McCoy Tyner.  I will never forget how excited I was when he opened my first full season at Jazz St. Louis.  Having a chance to hear one of the great masters in the intimacy of the Bistro was a dream come true.  I was very nervous meeting him, more nervous than I had ever been in all my years working with my heroes in the symphony world, but this was different, this was one of the people that changed what we hear.  I didn’t need to be anxious, he was a very kind and gracious gentleman who was very patient in answering all my questions about his career and what it was like to work with folks like John Coltrane and Lee Morgan. The music was incredible and it got my first season off to a great start and set the tone for my next 21 years with the organization.  Thank you for helping me kick it off in style.  Rest in peace and harmony.

-Gene Dobbs Bradford, President & CEO, Jazz St. Louis