Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cannonball Birthday Concert w/ Louis Hayes Sept 17, 2016 in Dillard Jazz Series in Fort Lauderdale FL

Dillard Center for the Arts & 
Old Dillard Museum
World Renown Jazz Drummer from the 
Legendary Cannonball Adderley Quintet
Plus the Award Winning DCA Jazz Ensemble

Sept 17, 2016 :  7:30pm - 9:30pm
Dillard Center for the Arts
2501 NW 11th St, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33311
For tickets and more information 
call (754)322.8828

Louis Sedell Hayes was born May 31, 1937 in Detroit Michigan. He was always surrounded by music, actually first starting with the piano, before his father gave him a set of drums at age 10. A cousin noticed his talent, took him under his wing and made sure that his approach to the instrument would serve him well. And well it did, for after developing his skills in the fertile musical ground of Detroit in the 1950's with the likes of Yusef Lateef, Kenny Burrell, Doug Watkins and others, Louis found himself at the tender age of 18 in New York as a member of the great Horace Silver Quintet. His first recording with Horace, the classic Six Pieces of Silver would introduce him to the jazz world as a new force to be acknowledged.

Louis Hayes with Oscar Peterson on piano and bassist Sam Jones.
Hayes and Jones became known as the "dynamic duo" rhythm section.
Louis continued to enhance his reputation with Horace from 1956 until 1959 when he joined Cannonball Adderley where he propelled the quintet to joyous musical heights and timeless recordings through 1965. He joined piano master Oscar Peterson from 1965-67 during which time he and bassist Sam Jones became known as the "dynamic duo", recognized as the most powerful rhythm duo in jazz. Louis would rejoin Oscar in 1971 for a year.

For the next decade or more he became leader or co-leader of a series of electrifying groups which included musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Junior Cooke, Woody Shaw and Dexter Gordon. Louis also spent several years touring with McCoy Tyner. The Louis Hayes Group with Herald Mabern and Frank Strozier culminated four years of artistry with the album; Variety is the Spice which received five stars, truly an accomplishment during a period when his style of hard driving, "bebop" was less preferred. He continuously traveled throughout the United States, Europe and Japan making musical history wherever he performed.

Louis has played and recorded with jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, J J Johnson, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Wes Montgomery, Joe Henderson, Cedar Walton, George Benson as well as Ravi Shankar, John Lee Hooker and others.

He has had numerous honors and awards, here is just a sampling:
  • The Down Beat New Star Award - 1961
  • State Of Louisiana Special Recognition Award -1986
  • State Of Michigan Special Tribute 1996
  • The Society of the Culturally Concerned Appreciation Award - 1996
  • The Greater Jamaican Development Corp. In Appreciation of - 1996
  • Spirit Of Detroit Award -2004
  • Life Time Achievement Award From Bakers Keyboard Lounge - 2004
  • United States House Of Representatives Special Tribute - 2004
Recent engagements of note would include The Kennedy Center for the Arts, The JVC Jazz Festival, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Chivas Jazz Festival in Brazil.  His current endeavors primarily involve the leadership of The Cannonball Legacy Band, which pays tribute to the gifted art form of that heritage and The Jazz Communicators which is Louis' desire to continue bringing exciting musical alternatives to audiences around the world.

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