GILLES PETERSON: STANLEY COWELL TRIBUTE // 21-12-20
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.