Tyner, McCoy (Alfred)(1938– ) jazz musician; born in Philadelphia, Pa. An influential pianist, he began with the Jazztet in 1959 and then emerged between 1960 and 1965 as a dynamic keyboard artist in the historic John Coltrane Quartet. He free-lanced as a sideman with various singers until 1972, and went on to lead his own ensembles.
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