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Louis Hayes And The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band; Monday, December 2, 2013

Louis Hayes And The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band
Monday, December 2, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… (one) of jazz’s most exciting, imaginative drummers.” – JazzTimes

Drummer Louis Hayes pays tribute to the music of the great Cannonball Adderley Quintet, one of the most popular jazz groups of the ’60s and early ’70s. Cannonball’s quintet was that rare jazz animal to cross over into pop music territory with a hit single, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. Hayes, a former member of the original Adderley quintet, has provided the rhythmic drive for a long line of jazz royalty that includes Horace Silver, John Coltrane, and Oscar Peterson. The current Cannonball Legacy Band line up features the top talents of Vincent Herring on alto saxophone, and Jeremy Pelt on trumpet. Lou’s Idea is Hayes’ latest CD.

Born and raised in Detroit, Louis Hayes’ first instrument was the piano, but he was always attracted to the drums. When he was ten years old his father purchased a drumset for him, and an older cousin taught him the rudiments of drumming and how to play in a band. Detroit in the ’40s and ’50s was a bastion of jazz that produced many excellent musicians, including the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Burrell, Doug Watkins, and many others. It was a place where an aspiring musician, like Hayes, could learn and grow as a performer. By age eighteen, now out of high school, Louis was in New York City where his muscular style of hard bop drumming attracted attention. He became a much sought after sideman, performing with major name artists: Yusef Lateef; Dexter Gordon; and soon-to-be avant-garde icon Cecil Taylor. Before long, Hayes was also very much in-demand for recording sessions with several top improvisors, including Horace Silver, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, and Freddie Hubbard. In 1961, he won Down Beat magazine’s New Star award in the drum category. From the mid-’70s onward, Hayes was often co-leading groups with saxophonist Junior Cook, and then trumpeter Woody Shaw.

The death of Cannonball Adderley in 1975 was a serious blow to the jazz world. Cannonball had been among the most high-profile of jazz “ambassadors,” an articulate, outgoing spokesman for the music. Hayes had spent several years (1959-1965) on tour with Adderley’s band and performed on several notable recordings of the group. A little over ten years ago, he decided it was the right time to honor his friend and mentor by starting the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band. Not simply a “ghost” band, Hayes’ group is proof of the evergreen vitality in Adderley’s music as it continues to inspire musicians and find new audiences. Funky and erudite, the original Cannonball Adderley Quintet had something for everyone. That boisterous, eclectic spirit lives on with Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band.

Louis Hayes And The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band

DATE: Monday, December 2, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Mary Scott

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