Stanley Cowell Day

May 5, 1941 – December 17, 2020

The Stanley Cowell Jazz Trio

Pianist Stanley Cowell was born May 5, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio.

He took up piano at the age of three and a meeting with Art Tatum at six set him on fire for the instrument.

While a student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he played with Roland Kirk.

Over the years, he’s held down the piano slot with Marion Brown, Max Roach, Bobby Hutcherson, Clifford Jordan, Harold Land, Sonny Rollins, and Stan Getz.

His most memorable collaborations include those with Max Roach, Bobby Hutcherson, Marion Brown, Stan Getz, Clifford Jordan, Sonny Rollins, and Harold Land.

Cowell was a member of the Detroit Artist’s Workshop Jazz Ensemble featuring Charles Moore from 1965 to 1966, and would also work and record with trumpeter Charles Tolliver during the 1970s.

Together Charles Tolliver and Stanley Cowell launched the New York jazz label, Strata-East Records in 1971.

He played with the “Heath Brothers” regularly between 1974 and 1983, and joined the “J.J. Johnson Quartet” in the late ’80s.

Stanley Cowell is currently a member of the faculty at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers music department, at the State University of New Jersey.

The “Stanley Cowell Trio” perform at Rutgers University/Newark on April 4, 2013, as part of the Paul Robeson Galleries’ “Evening of Music and Art” series.


Stanley Cowell, piano
Tom DiCarlo, bass
Chris Brown, drums