McCoy Tyner was one of our great American originals. His piano sound and style were unlike any other. Virtuosity and virtue, soul and sophistication, tenderness and thunder; all delivered with pinpoint accuracy and concentrated intensity.

A composer, bandleader and performer of unquestionable authority, proficiency and integrity, there isn’t a quality pianist playing the music today who can’t reach for some ‘McCoy’ in their sound (when they need him).

With his passing, we have lost an entire world of irreplaceable information and experience. But with the passage of time, that universe will certainly enrich and redefine the foundation of our jazz DNA. He is already missed.”

Wynton Marsalis  Managing and Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center