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Press release for immediate distribution

McCoy Tyner

Prizewinner of the Miles Davis Award

Montreal, Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal this year offers the prestigious Miles Davis Award to the famous jazz pianist McCoy Tyner. He will be given the prize by André Ménard, artistic director and co-founder of the Festival, at a press briefing which will be held this afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Salon Mont‑Royal of the Hyatt Regency Montréal. He will also be presented with his trophy on stage at his concert tomorrow night, July 2, at 9:30 p.m. in the Théâtre Jean‑Duceppe at Place des Arts as part of the Invitation Rio Tinto Alcan series.

McCoy Tyner becomes the 15th winner of the Miles Davis Award, which was created for the 15th edition of the Festival to recognize internationally acclaimed jazz artists whose body of work has contributed significantly to the renewal of the genre.

A pianist’s son, McCoy Tyner was born in December 1938 in Philadelphia. To say the destiny of the pianist and genuine musical genius McCoy Tyner was stamped by his experience in John Coltrane’s legendary quartet is a masterpiece of understatement; Tyner revealed himself in the force and interiority of his playing. At 70, the man, as much as the musician, is in pretty good shape! A real pleasure for eyes and ears! Tuesday July 1 (7 p.m., Théatre Maisonneuve, PdA), Wednesday July 2 and Thursday July 3 (9:30 p.m., Théâtre Jean‑Duceppe, PdA) as part of the Invitation series.

McCoy Tyner is the latest in a series of Miles Davis prizewinners. He follows Mike Stern (2007), Brad Mehldau (2006), Dave Holland (2005), Keith Jarrett (2004), Joe Zawinul (2003), Chick Corea (2002), Michael Brecker (2001), Charlie Haden (2000), Cassandra Wilson (1999), John Scofield (1998), Herbie Hancock (1997), Wayne Shorter (1996), Pat Metheny (1995) and John McLaughlin (1994).

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