Louis Hayes

Jeremy Pelt [trumpet]
Vincent Herring [alto saxophone]
Rick Germanson [piano]
Essiet Essiet [bass]
Louis Hayes [drums]

Born and raised in Detroit, in 1956 Louis Hayes moved to New York to replace Art Taylor in the Horace Silver Quintet; he recorded five Blue Note albums with Silver before joining Cannonball Adderley in 1959 for a six-year stint. Reviewing his 2017 album Serenade For Horace in All About Jazz, Victor Schermer noted that “at 80, Hayes’ drumming is as superb and as youthful as ever.” The drummer’s legendary career included extended stays with the groups of Oscar Peterson and McCoy Tyner as well as leadership of his own important groups. As a bandleader, Hayes surrounds himself with an abundance of talent in alto-sax burner Vincent Herring, rising star trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, bassist Essiet Essiet, and pianist Rick Germanson.  Don’t miss this special engagement by one of the great masters of the music, Louis Hayes!

“Like his old-school contemporaries Jimmy Cobb and Mickey Roker, drummer Louis Hayes elevates the music from within, using finesse and hip nuance rather than playing on top of it with overt chops.” – Jazz Times

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