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Mr. Copland comes to Bray Jazz Festival at short notice, having agreed to perform after Mr. Fred Hersch was forced to cancel, this week, for medical reasons. Aged 70, Marc Copland began his musical career playing saxophone, before switching early to piano. The sharp clarity of his melodic lines is sometimes ascribed to his earlier horn playing.
Marc Copland is one of the giants of contemporary American jazz piano.
The Philadelpia born musician has been described as “a veritable poet of the piano” and “the piano whisperer”, and has performed in a long career with a who’s who of contemporary jazz, most notably as a member of the Gary Peacock Trio and with the John Abercrombie Quartet.
His 2019 release ‘Gary,’ a set of solo piano arrangements of the compositions of Gary Peacock has earned a series of five-star reviews since its release, in February.
‘…it’s jazz at its absolute finest.’The Jazz Review
‘Copland has been one of jazz pianos great harmonic explorers. He has an immense range of colourful chords at his fingertips.’The Ottawa Citizen