The Pace Report

Season 2011 Episode 08.07.11

The Pace Report: "Living Louis's Musical Legacy" The Louis Hayes Interview

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For almost 60 years drummer Louis Hayes has backed and played with some of the most prolific jazz musicians in the music’s short history. The Detroit, Michigan native comes from a great musical class which includes: Dr. Barry Harris, Yusef Lateef, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Burrell, and Ron Carter; musicians he began playing with professionally while still in his teens. Louis knew from an early age that he was destined to become a great musician and his parents encouraged him and geared towards that. By the time he was 19 Louis was recruited by pianist Horace Silver to join his unit and sent for him to come to New York City in 1956 where he’s been a resident ever since. For three years he was part of Horace’s historic quintet he started after his stint with Art Blakey. But is was another musician that was also making waves on the jazz scene that on his way out and was about to form his own group. Julian “Cannonball” Adderley was playing with the Miles Davis Quintet which featured the legendary John Coltrane on tenor saxophone. By the end of Miles’s critically acclaimed “Kind of Blue” recording peaked jazz heads as well as gain new listeners, both Trane and Adderley would leave Miles and forge their own history in jazz music. On a recommendation from bassist Sam Jones, Louis would be asked by Cannonball to join his quintet that would become legendary in their own right. The group would include: Cannonball on alto saxophone; Nat Adderley on coronet; Louis Hayes on drums; Yusef Lateef on reeds; Joe Zawinul on piano; and Sam Jones on bass. This unit would become one of the most influential groups in modern jazz and serve as springboard for many new jazz groups to come. After a fruitful six year run with the Adderley’s, he then joined the legendary Oscar Peterson Trio for two years. Throughout his career he’s also played with Junior Cook, James Spaulding, Woody Shaw, and McCoy Tyner. Louis continues to carry Cannonbalmoreless

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