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As mentioned, Living Colour is busy gearing up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Vivid. In the meantime, guitarist Vernon Reid is currating the second half of February at NYC avant garde music haven The Stone (Feb. 15 - 28). His series kicks off Friday (2/15) with Baltimore's Lafayette Gilchrist. Other highlights include freeform violinist Mazz Swift on February 17; Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick with his new trio on February 19; and Reid himself with bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer G. Calvin Weston as "An Evening with Free Form Funky Freqs 67 & 68" on February 27. You can check out the full schedule at The Stone here.

March features curations by Dave Scanlon in the first half of the month and Al Lipowski in the second. And that will bring the Stone's "curator series" (which it's done since 2005) to a close. Beginning in April, The Stone will begin weeklong residencies. The new series kicks off with a week featuring pianist Matthew Shippfrom April 2 - 7 . Each night features a different collaborator and you can check out the schedule here.

by Andrew Frisicano

Cecil Taylor & McCoy Tyner...
McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor

Born Dec. 11, 1938, [McCoy] Tyner made his name as a member of the legendary John Coltrane Quartet in the 1960s. Since then, he has brought his distinctive playing style, and his compositions, to dozens of records on which he leads his own bands.

[What's his secret?]

Tyner says the secret is simple: Drink carrot juice.

"Well, I like carrot juice," he says. "I have a juice machine at home that helps. Carrot juice is real good for you. Carrot and celery. Don't forget celery." [NPR]

You can buy him a glass at the Highline Ballroom on Sunday, August 23rd, where he'll perform as part of the venue's Piano Series, an 11-night lineup of piano-driven acts that runs from August 17th through August 28th.

We previously reported that Tyner's Lincoln Center shows in May would be his last NYC gigs for a while, and though according to his website that's still true, Tyner will bring his Trio (bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt plus guest saxist Gary Bartz) to the Highline for one two-set night.

Another Hall-of-Fame level jazz great, Cecil Taylor, will play as part of the series too. He'll perform solo on Tuesday, August 25th (two sets also).

The series mixes those legends with a slew of younger but equally impressive acts like the The Bad Plus, Matthew Shipp, and the Benevento/Russo Duo, who are all playing the series.

Tickets to all the shows are on sale now.

The Piano Series' full schedule, which includes non-jazz pianists too, is posted below...

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