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Louis Hayes (born May 31, 1937) is an American jazz drummer and band leader.[1]

Louis Hayes
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Hayes in 1971
Background information
Born (1937-05-31) May 31, 1937 (age 82)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsDrums
Years active1950s–present
Associated actsCannonball Adderley, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver

BiographyEdit

 
Lous Hayes in 1986

Louis Sedell Hayes was born to a father who played drums and piano. His mother played the piano. Hayes got his first drum set at age 10. He refers to the early influence of hearing jazz, especially big bands on the radio. His main influence was Philly Joe Jones and he was mentored by Jo Jones. His three main associations were with Horace Silver's Quintet (1956–59), the Cannonball Adderley Quintet (1959–65), and the Oscar Peterson Trio (1965–67). Hayes often joined Sam Jones, both with Adderley and Peterson, and in freelance settings.

When he was a teenager, he led a band in Detroit clubs before he was 16. He worked with Yusef Lateef and Curtis Fuller from 1955 to 1956. He moved to New York in August 1956 to replace Art Taylor in the Horace Silver Quintet and in 1959 joined the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, with which he remained until mid-1965, when he succeeded Ed Thigpen in the Oscar Peterson Trio. He left Peterson in 1967, and formed a series of groups, which he led alone or with others; among his sidemen were Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Kenny Barron, and James Spaulding. He returned to Peterson in 1971.

The Louis Hayes Sextet, formed in 1972, became, in 1975, the Louis Hayes-Junior Cook Quintet and the Woody Shaw-Louis Hayes Quintet (Cook remained as a sideman until Rene McLean joined); in its last form the quintet played successful engagements throughout Europe and (without McLean) acted as the host group when, in 1976, Dexter Gordon visited the U.S. for the first time in many years. After Shaw left the group in 1977, Hayes continued to lead it as a hard-bop quintet.

Hayes has appeared on many records throughout the years, and played with John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons, Hank Mobley, Booker Little, Tommy Flanagan, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Gary Bartz, and Tony Williams. He also led sessions for Vee-Jay (1960), Timeless (1976), Muse (1977), Candid (1989), Steeplechase (1989–94), and TCB (2000–2002).

He was with McCoy Tyner's trio for more than three years. Since 1989 he has led his own band, and together with Vincent Herring formed the Cannonball Legacy Band.

His current project is entitled "Serenade for Horace." It is a tribute to his friend and mentor, Horace Silver.

Hayes plays Premier Drums.

DiscographyEdit

As leader/co-leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

With Pepper Adams

With Cannonball Adderley

With Nat Adderley

With Gene Ammons

With Georges Arvanitas

With Kenny Burrell

With James Clay

With Al Cohn

With John Coltrane

With Richard Davis

With Kenny Drew

With Victor Feldman

With Tommy Flanagan, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, and Idrees Sulieman

With Ricky Ford

With Curtis Fuller

With Terry Gibbs

With Dexter Gordon

With Bennie Green

With Grant Green

With Wilbur Harden

With Barry Harris

With Joe Henderson

With John Hicks

With Johnny Hodges

With Freddie Hubbard

With J. J. Johnson

With Sam Jones

With Clifford Jordan

With Harold Land

With Yusef Lateef

With Johnny Lytle

With Ken McIntyre

With Jackie McLean

With Wes Montgomery

With Phineas Newborn, Jr.

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Freddie Redd

With Woody Shaw

With Horace Silver

With James Spaulding

With Sonny Stitt

  • 12! (Muse, 1972)

With Idrees Sulieman

  • Roots (New Jazz, 1958) with the Prestige All Stars

With Lucky Thompson

With McCoy Tyner

With Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

With Cedar Walton

With Roosevelt Wardell

  • The Revelation (Prestige, 1960)

With Phil Woods

With The Young Lions

With Joe Zawinul

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Louis Hayes - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Louis Hayes - Legendary Jazz Drummer". Louishayes.net. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ "LOUIS HAYES' NEW ALBUM". Bluenote.com. Retrieved 14 November 2018.