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Tyler, Charles Lacy

(born: 1941  -  died: 1992) 

Charles Lacy Tyler was born in Cadiz, KY, the son of Fred and Inez A. Tensley Tyler. His family later moved to Indianapolis, IN, where he studied piano. He also played the clarinet and  baritone and alto saxophones.

Tyler moved to Cleveland, OH, in 1960, where he performed with Albert Ayler, later moving to New York. He moved around while playing with a number of groups.

Tyler earned a teaching certificate at the University of California, Berkeley and taught music for several years at North Peralta Community College (now Berkeley City College) and Mills College. In 1974, he left teaching and continued to play with various groups and tour in the U.S. and Europe.

In 1985, Tyler settled in France, where he died in 1992. His recordings include the Charles Tyler Ensemble, Sixty Minute Man, and Saga of the Outlaws. He can be seen performing on the film Rising Tones Cross.

For more see "Charles (Lacy) Tyler" in the Oxford Music Online Database.

Kentucky County & Region

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NKAA Source: Charles Tyler Ensemble (album)
NKAA Source: Sixty minute man (album)
NKAA Source: Saga of the outlaws (album)
NKAA Source: Rising tones cross (videorecording)
NKAA Source: Oxford Music Online (database)

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