Roy Haynes Biography

13 March 1926, Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA. Haynes began his career in Boston where he played drums with Sabby Lewis’ big band. In the early 40s he joined Pete Brown’s jump band and later in the decade was on the road with the Luis Russell big band and also played in a small group led by Lester Young. In New York in the late 40s and early 50s, Haynes adapted readily to the demands of bebop and became a valued club gig and record session drummer for Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker, Bud Powell, Stan Getz, Wardell Gray, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and many other important artists.

Haynes’ career continued through the 60s and into the 70s with many fruitful collaborations with jazzmen such as George Shearing, Art Farmer, Kenny Burrell and Gary Burton, and in several interesting groups under his own leadership. In the early 80s Haynes recorded with Pat Metheny, Freddie Hubbard, joined Chick Corea for worldwide tours and continued to lead his own bands in New York. In the new millennium he recorded with his own Fountain Of Youth Band, Dave Holland, John Scofield, Christian McBride and Joshua Redman, confirming his eclecticism beyond bop. Haynes is however a major figure in the development of bop drumming.


Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.


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