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Legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes’ Fountain of Youth Band performs at Yale Nov. 8
As a jazz musician, Haynes is legendary. Winner of the 2011 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Haynes has spent decades as the drummer of choice for jazz stars like Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, and John Coltrane.
He will be joined in this concert by Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone; Martin Bejerano, piano; and David Wong, bass.
His nickname, “Snap Crackle,” comes from his “distinctive, rapid-fire sound of the snare, not to short-change his dynamic tom tombs, bass drum rolls, occasional vocals and dance steps” (NPR Jazz Set).
Born in 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts, Haynes grew up loving “Papa” Jo Jones, the swinging drummer of the Count Basie Orchestra. By the summer of 1945, he was performing at the Savoy with Luis Russell’s Orchestra. The rest of his long and decorated career is history. In additional to his musical achievements, Haynes has also been recognized for his fashion sense; in 1960, Esquire named Haynes one of the Best Dressed Men in America, alongside Fred Astaire, Clark Gable, and Cary Grant.
Throughout his career, Haynes has led his own ensembles of young up-and-coming musicians such as the three in the Fountain of Youth band: Martin Bejerano, piano; Jaleel Shaw, saxophone; and David Wong, bass.
The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Willie Ruff is the director of the Ellington Jazz Series. Tickets to the concert start at $20, $10 with student ID.
About Roy Haynes
Roy Haynes is the pulse of legendary jazz. For over 50 years Roy Haynes has influenced and innovated, shaping some of the greatest recordings in jazz while his joyous drumming with the legends of the genre altered the very fabric and direction of jazz improvisation.
Louis Armstrong. Lester Young. Charlie Parker. Thelonius Monk. Sarah Vaughn. Miles Davis. John Coltrane. Dizzy Gillespie. Bud Powell. Ella Fitzgerald. Stan Getz. Chick Corea. Pat Metheny. The list goes on and on as does Roy’s unflagging energy and marvelous invention.
With his latest group of 20-something cohorts, Roy sends his “Hard Swing” to a timeless place. Haynes elevates the performances of his Fountain of Youth Band matching fire stroke for fire stroke, thrill for thrill, a tremendous give and take between the generations fueled by masterful musicianship and youthful abandon.