PIANIST AND COMPOSER STANLEY COWELL DIES

Dec 21, 2020

By Andy Johnson

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He was a pianist and composer who co-founded the seminal jazz label Strata-East Records and a major voice on his instrument.

Musician and educator Stanley Cowell has died.

His death was confirmed by Charles Tolliver, a trumpeter who was Cowell’s colleague and closest friend for more than 50 years. The cause of death was hypovolemic shock.

Cowell was a veteran of bands led by Max Roach, Stan Getz, and Bobby Hutcherson.  In the early 70s he launched Strata-East, a pioneer among independent, artist-owned and-operated record companies.

Stanley Cowell was 79.

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