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Jazz legend McCoy Tyner to perform in Hong Kong

    The Leisure and Cultural Services Department's "Jazz Up" series brings a legend of modern jazz for his Hong Kong debut by presenting the McCoy Tyner Quartet in concert.

    It is not an overstatement to say that modern jazz has been shaped by the music of McCoy Tyner.  His blues-based piano style, with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand, has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music.  His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of many jazz pianists.

    Born in 1938 in Philadelphia, he became a part of the fertile jazz and R&B scene of the early 50s.  He joined John Coltrane in the classic album "My Favorite Things" (1960), and remained at the core of what became one of the most seminal groups in jazz history, The John Coltrane Quartet.  The band, which also included renowned drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison, had an extraordinary chemistry.

    In the 60s, Tyner was propelled to international renown, as he developed a new vocabulary that transcended the piano styles of the time, providing a unique harmonic underpinning and rhythmic charge essential to the group's sound.

    In the 70s, his Grammyaward-nominated album "Sahara" broke new ground by using the sounds and rhythms of Africa.  In the 80s, he founded a piano trio featuring Avery Sharpe on bass and Aarron Scott on drums.  In the 90s, he recorded many superb albums.

    To date, Tyner has released nearly 80 albums, earned five Grammys and was awarded Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002.  He continues to leave his mark on generations of improvisers, and yet remains a disarmingly modest and spiritually directed man.

    In Hong Kong, the McCoy Tyner Quartet will perform with bassist Gerald Cannon, drummist Eric Kamau Gravatt and trumpeter Christian Scott.  The concert will be held at 8pm, on September 4 (Thursday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.  Tickets priced at $400, $300, $220 and $150 are now available at all URBTIX outlets.  Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens aged 60 or over, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. (Limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)  A 10% discount will be offered for each purchase of standard tickets for the two "Jazz Up" concerts, "McCoy Tyner Quartet (USA)" and "Pierre Dørge and New Jungle Orchestra (Denmark)".

    For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations call 2734 9009.  Internet bookings are available at  For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999.  Visit for more information on the programme.

Ends/Monday, July 28, 2008

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