McCoy Tyner Bio, Age, Wife, Family, John Coltrane, Death, Net Worth

McCoy Tyner Biography

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, McCoy Tyner was an American jazz pianist who is known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet and for his solo career.

Tyner died on March 6, 2020, at the age of 81 years old.

McCoy Tyner Age

Tyner was born on December 11, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. He was 81 years old at the time of his death on March 6, 2020.

McCoy Tyner Family and Early Life

Tyner was the oldest of three children. His mother was the one who encouraged him to study Piano. He began studying piano at the age of 13 years.

At the age of 17 years, Tyner converted to Islam through the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and changed his name to Sulieman Saud.

McCoy Tyner Photo
McCoy Tyner Photo

Tyner was the older brother of Jarvis Tyner, who is a former executive vice-chairman of the Communist Party USA.

McCoy Tyner Wife

Tyner was married to his wife Aisha Tyner. There is no further information about his wife or when the couple got married.

McCoy Tyner John Coltrane

Tyner joined the quartet of John Coltrane in 1960, six months after having joined the Jazztet led by Benny Golson and Art Farmer. The John Coltrane included Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones.

Tyner worked with the band during its extended run at the Jazz Gallery, replacing Steve Kuhn. He went on to play on Coltrane’s My Favorite Things for Atlantic. Between 1961 and 1965, the band toured almost non-stop. They were recording albums as well like; Live! at the Village Vanguard, Ballads, Live at Birdland, Crescent, A Love Supreme, and The John Coltrane Quartet Plays for Impulse!.

While in the band, Tyner recorded albums as a leader in a piano trio and also appeared as a sideman on many Blue Note albums of the 1960s. He was, however, often credited as “etc.” on the cover of these albums to respect his contract with Impulse! Records. He left the band in 1965.

McCoy Tyner Solo Career

After leaving John Coltrane quartet, Tyner went solo and produced a series of post-bop albums released by Blue Note from 1967 to 1970. Some of these albums include The Real McCoy (1967), Tender Moments (1967), Time for Tyner (1968), Expansions (1968) and Extensions (1970).

Tyner later signed with Milestone and recorded Sahara (1972), Enlightenment (1973), and Fly with the Wind (1976). In his music, Tyner incorporated African and East Asian elements. He played koto in as well as piano, flute, and percussion.

He also worked in a trio during the 1980s and the 1990s. The trio included Avery Sharpe on bass and Louis Hayes, then Aaron Scott, on drums.

On June 25, 2019, he was listed by The New York Times Magazine, among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

McCoy Tyner Blue Note

Tyner’s music for Blue Note often took the music of the Coltrane quartet as a starting point.  Below are Albums Tyner released with the Blue Note music label.

  • The Real McCoy
  • Tender Moments
  • Time for Tyner
  • Expansions
  • Cosmos
  • Extensions
  • Asante
  • It’s About Time (with Jackie McLean)
  • Major Changes (with Frank Morgan)
  • Revelations
  • Things Aint What They Used to Be
  • Manhattan Moods (with Bobby Hutcherson)

McCoy Tyner Death

Tyner died on March 6, 2020, at the age of 81 years. His death was announced on his Facebook page but no further details were offered.

McCoy Tyner Net Worth

Tyner had an estimated net worth of around $5 million.


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