Louis Hayes


Sunday, November 13, 2016
5:15 pm - 9:00 pm


Louis Hayes developed his skills in the fertile musical ground of Detroit, Michigan in the 1950’s with the likes of Yusef Lateef, Kenny Burrell, Doug Watkins and others. At the tender age of 18 Louis found himself in New York as a member of the great Horace Silver Quintet. His first recording with Horace, the classic Six Pieces Of Silver, introduced him to the jazz world as a new force to be acknowledged. Louis next joined Cannonball Adderley, where he propelled the quintet to joyous musical heights and timeless recordings through 1965. He then 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 section in jazz.

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 Harold 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, from the Down Beat New Star Award in 1961 to a United States House Of Representatives Special Tribute in 2004.

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.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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PJS Jazz Society (at First Presbyterian Church)
199 North Columbus Ave
Mount Vernon, NY
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Times: 5:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Ticket pricing:

- $25 General Admission

Presenter: PJS Jazz Society, Inc.
Presenter Phone: 914-667-0823
Presenter Website: www.pjsjazz.org

Sponsor Message

PJS Jazz Society presents the best in jazz every Second Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, September through April. Most concerts start with a Young Musicians opening set from 5:15-6:00 pm, followed by two Headliner sets from 6:30-9:00 pm. Concerts are held in a cabaret setting. Additional parking available at the Holmes School (next to the First Presbyterian Church on Columbus Avenue). This performance made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government and its Board of Legislators.
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