McCoy Tyner, a pianist who played with John Coltrane, died on Friday (March 6th) at his home in northern New Jersey. He was 81 and his death was confirmed by a nephew.
Tyner was a member of Coltrane's pioneering quartet of the 1960s. His unmistakable sound on the acoustic piano was influential for many who followed him.
Tyner was born in Philadelphia in 1938 and began taking piano lessons at the age of 13. His mother bought him his first piano and set it up in her beauty salon.
Tyner studied at the Granoff School of Music and started playing professionally with a rhythm and blues band at the age of 16.
Tyner met saxophone legend John Coltrane in a Philadelphia nightclub in 1957 and the two became friends.
McCoy Tyner is survived by his wife Aisha Tyner, son Nurudeen, brother Jarvis, sister Gwendolyn-Yvette Tyner and three grandchildren. A cause of death has not yet been released.