Here Are Your 2017 Inductees Into the Ertegun Jazz Hall Of Fame


The Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame

News | May, 5th 2017

We are delighted to induct Tito Puente, Don Redman, and McCoy Tyner into the 2017 class of the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame! These three artists were chosen by public vote from a list of 10 nominees, who were in turn selected by Jazz at Lincoln Center’s nominating panel.

Tito Puente (1923-2000)

One of the most beloved musicians and entertainers in American history, percussionist, composer, and bandleader Tito Puente effortlessly fused instrumental virtuosity, rich musical innovation, and thrilling showmanship into a one-of-a-kind artistic vision for more than half a century. Hailed as the King of Mambo, Puente drew from diverse inspirations—including the music of idols like Machito, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Duke Ellington—to create some of the most influential Latin jazz recordings of the 20th century. A tireless bandleader, Puente also mentored budding musical talents, recruiting future innovators like Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Johnny Pacheco, and many others to his band. Puente recorded well over 100 albums, delighting audiences of all ages around the world and leaving behind a musical legacy that listeners, dancers, and players alike will absorb and love for generations to come.

Don Redman (1900-1964)

The big band as we know it would not exist without the genius of Don Redman. Though a tremendously proficient and versatile instrumentalist, Redman would ultimately make his lasting mark as a composer, arranger, and architect of the American jazz orchestra. While working under bandleader Fletcher Henderson, Redman developed the big band blueprints that would transform the dance orchestra into the swinging ensemble we know and love today, and he would set the ball rolling for a multi-decade stretch of growth and innovation that continues to this very day. At the height of his career, Redman led his own ensembles, constantly bringing a universe of new musical textures and ideas to the big band style. His composing and arranging talents can be heard in the work of many other orchestras, including those of Jimmy Dorsey and Count Basie.

McCoy Tyner (1938-)

Perhaps the most influential jazz pianist of the late 20th century, McCoy Tyner pioneered a forceful, swinging, and unmistakable piano voice that provided crucial harmonic texture to the legendary John Coltrane Quartet. Forging a unique sound that was driven by his powerful left hand, Tyner offered a harmonically open structure for Coltrane’s often modal improvisations and helped direct jazz's evolution during the early 1960s. As his solo career developed, Tyner began to lead his own highly influential groups while also composing new standards for jazz and nurturing new generations of rising masters. Still actively performing today, McCoy Tyner has shown that he never sits still and is always finding and seeking new possibilities for this music.


The Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame induction celebrations take place at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on July 18-20. Reserve today at jazz.org/dizzys or watch live each evening at 7:30 PM EDT at jazz.org/live.


Photo of the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame by Lawrence Sumulong for Jazz at Lincoln Center


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