Free Kernfeld jazz talk previews Tyner performance

February 16, 2009

University Park, Pa. — In anticipation of a performance by jazz pianist McCoy Tyner Thursday night at Schwab Auditorium, Penn State's Center for the Performing Arts will host a brown-bag lunch talk on "The Avant Garde Meets Dance Music," with Barry Kernfeld at noon Wednesday (Feb. 18) in the lobby of the Outreach Building at Innovation Park. The event is free and open to the public.

Kernfeld is the editor of "The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz," and "What to Listen for in Jazz," and a keynote speaker at numerous international jazz conferences. He will talk informally about a stylistic dilemma facing jazz musicians in the 1960s, Tyner's historic solution to that problem as a member of John Coltrane's quartet, and the ways in which he carried his innovations forward into his own groups and his unaccompanied playing in later decades.

Tyner's performances is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 19) in McCoy Audotorium. Tickets are $36 for adults, $15 for University Park students, and $29 for those 18 and younger. For tickets visit

A National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Tyner has helped to shape modern jazz with his blues-based style. Tyner, whose sophisticated chords and explosively percussive left hand have created one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music, was part of the seminal 1960s quartet fronted by saxophonist John Coltrane and backed by drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison. Tyner’s first recording with Coltrane, with whom he shared an unusually close friendship, was the classic album "My Favorite Things." He also performed on the acclaimed Coltrane albums "Live at the Village Vanguard" and "Impressions," plus the signature suite "A Love Supreme." Tyner, who has performed variously as a bandleader, soloist, and sideman, has released almost eighty albums and won four Grammy Awards.

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