“Tune in as Gilles Peterson pays tribute to the pianist Stanley Cowell. Cowell’s career spanned 6 decades and he played alongside some of the greatest jazz players of the times – perhaps most notably with the Heath Brothers, but also with Bobby Hutcherson, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Gary Bartz, Max Roach and lifelong friend Charles Tolliver among many others.
As well as being a revered piano player and composer, Cowell co-founded with Tollliver, the now legendary Strata-East record label, providing a vital platform for artists pushing the sound of jazz in new directions. Although it was short-lived, this label is emblematic of Cowell’s attitude to nurturing musical talent, something he also demonstrated through his 19 year teaching career at New York’s Lehman College.
After a break from touring in the 80s and having retired from his teaching post, Cowell returned to live performance and performed a week long residency at the Village Vanguard in 2015.
Tune in to hear Gilles’s tribute to the late great Stanley Cowell from 9am on Monday 21st December.”
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