Tyner, (Alfred) McCoy (jazz) [Saud, Sulaimon ]
- Bill Dobbins
- , revised by Barry Kernfeld
[Saud, Sulaimon ]
(b Philadelphia, Dec 11, 1938). Pianist, composer, and leader. He began to study piano formally at the age of 13 and later took theory lessons at the Granoff School of Music. He had his own jazz group while in high school and played locally with Lee Morgan. His early influences included Richie and Bud Powell (who at that time, as neighbors without a piano, would come to Tyner’s house to practice), as well as Art Tatum and Thelonious Monk. In Philadelphia he worked with Cal Massey, Jimmy Garrison, and Albert “Tootie” Heath; in 1957 this group had a week-long engagement with John Coltrane, with whom Tyner regularly rehearsed. He also worked locally with Benny Golson, who took Tyner to San Francisco for a three-week stand at the Jazz Workshop with Curtis Fuller, Leroy Vinnegar, and Lennie McBrowne. This in turn led to his first important engagment, in 1959...