Stepping Out

An evening with the Jazz Master

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In Concert

McCoy Tyner

The famed pianist — considered a “living legend” at 80-years-old — proves that jazz keeps you young. Considered one of the finest and most influential pianists in jazz history, he performs inspired versions of his favorite tunes. Growing up in the fertile musical hotbed that was Philadelphia in the 1950s, McCoy was influenced by the legendary bebop pianist Bud Powell and the great Thelonious Monk, whose percussive attacks would become a part of Tyner’s signature style. His blues-based piano playing, replete with sophisticated chords, has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. He has made invaluable contributions to some of jazz’s greatest concerts and albums, notably as a member of the John Coltrane Quartet. Whether a as a solo artist or member of an ensemble, Tyner’s storied virtuosity is not to be missed.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. $80. My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn. (516) 413- 3535 or www.myfathersplace.com.

On Stage

Havana Cuba All-Stars

Feel the beat with the Havana Cuba All-Stars’ spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical tradition. Their sizzling rhythms, joyous trumpets and authentic Cuban dancing come together in “Asere! A Fiesta Cubana.” This celebration of Cuban music and dance styles showcases the nation’s rich culture and exceptionally diverse rhythms and melodies — from cha cha cha to rumba, from “Son Cubano” style to salsa. Featuring three of Cuba’s finest dancing couples, the All-Stars present the tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens. You’ll be transported to the island’s cigar-infused Latin jazz clubs and festive white sand beaches at this dynamic concert.

Sunday, Feb. 3, 3 p.m. $65 $45, $35. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Route 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.