Minneapolis, MN (October 20, 2016)

McCoy Tyner Piano, Gerard  Cannon Bass, Sherman Irby Alto Sax and Joe Farnsworth Drums.  McCoy Tyner’s appearance marked an historic timeline for the Dakota. Mr. Tyner  holds the honor as the first legendary jazz artist to play the Dakota in 1988. As with every jazz performance I attend at the Dakota I attend both shows. A well respected friend said that I should not take photos for the first 30 minutes if possible. He said give the artist(s) and yourself ample space to locate the groove of the room.  I could not begin to tell you song titles or if set one was better than set two. What I can say is that as the evening progressed so did the music. Both audiences had their favorite moments during the sets, but what each shared was their admiration for McCoy Tyner. The masters include; Tyner, Evans, Brubeck, Garner, Ellington, Peterson, Monk and Powell.  McCoy Tyner’s influence will be felt by every jazz pianist whether intentional or through osmosis.  I was blessed to be in his presence.

Photos of McCoy Tyner Quartet by George Burrows

 

 

 

 

 

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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched https://www.drummersphotgrapher.com. Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.

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