Death of a jazz composer, 79

Death of a jazz composer, 79


norman lebrecht

December 18, 2020

The death of Stanley Cowell is being widely mourned.

Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, Cowell played with Marion Brown, Max Roach,Sonny Rollins and Stan Getz. He cofounded the Strata-East Records label.

Appreciation here.



  • Larry says:

    A great pianist. RIP.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Stanley Cowell was brilliant in every aspect of jazz music – performing (he was a superb pianist) as leader and sideman, composing, and teaching. He founded his own record label, Strata-East, with another wonderful musician, Charles Tolliver.
    He was prolific as both performer and recording artist.
    Thank you, Stanley, for sharing your beautiful art with us in so many ways.

  • Greg Hillis says:

    One of the best pianists and composers ever. I have been moved and inspired by his music ever since the Strata-East days. Thank you Stanley Cowell for the endless hours of joy. Rest in peace my brother.