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Roy Haynes

Live at Carnegie Hall, September 18, 2007.
Background information
Birth name Roy Owen Haynes
Born March 13, 1925 (1925-03-13) (age 84)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Hard bop
Occupations Bandleader
Instruments Drums
Years active 1945–present
Labels Mainstream, Emarcy, Impulse!, Galaxy, Pacific Jazz, Evidence, Vogue, Original Jazz Classics

Roy Owen Haynes (born March 13, 1925 in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts)[1] is an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Haynes is one of the most recorded drummers in jazz and in his over 60-year career has played in a wide range of styles ranging from swing and bebop to jazz fusion and avant-garde jazz. He has a highly expressive, personal style ("Snap Crackle" was a nickname given him in the 1950s) and is known to foster a deep engagement in his bandmates.



One of the few jazz musicians alive today whose roots touch the origins of jazz itself, the drum legend has been “hard swinging” since 1944, when he made his professional debut at the age of seventeen in his native Boston. In the last sixty years, Roy Owen Haynes has shaped some of the most important recordings in Jazz history, transforming the role of the percussionist from timekeeper to front-line collaborator.

Before the innovations of Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Kenny Clarke, Max Roach and Roy Haynes, Jazz drummers were timekeepers. These percussion masters emancipated the drummer. Haynes in particular, extracted the rhythmic qualities from melodies and created unique new drum and cymbal patterns. Rather than using cymbals strictly for effect, Haynes brought them to the forefront of his unique rhythmic approach. His idiosyncratic style, now instantly recognizable, was the inspiration for his nickname, ‘Snap Crackle’.

Haynes began his full time professional career in 1945. From 1947 to 1949 he worked with saxophonist Lester Young, and from 1949 to 1952 was a member of saxophonist Charlie Parker's quintet. He also recorded at the time with pianist Bud Powell and saxophonists Wardell Gray, and Stan Getz. From 1953 to 1958 he toured with singer Sarah Vaughan. Haynes went on to work with more experimental musicians, like saxophonists John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy, and pianists Chick Corea and Andrew Hill.

Haynes has recorded or performed with Gary Burton, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Grimes, Christian McBride, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Sonny Rollins, Horace Tapscott and many others.[1] He has also led his own groups, some performing under the name Hip Ensemble.[1] His most recent recordings as a leader are Fountain of Youth[2] and Whereas,[3], both of which have been nominated for a Grammy Award. He continues to perform worldwide.


His son Graham Haynes is a cornetist. His son, Craig Haynes, grandson, Marcus Gilmore, and nephew Christopher Haynes are all drummers.

Roy's influence on the rock world has also been apparent in recent years, with a tribute song recorded by Jim Keltner and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones,[4] and recent on-stage appearances with The Allman Brothers Band[5] and Page McConnell of Phish.[6]

He was inducted into the Down Beat Magazine Hall of Fame in 2004.

Haynes appeared in the game Grand Theft Auto IV, as the host of the jazz radio station, JNR.

A 3 CD/1 DVD boxed set entitled A Life in Time - The Roy Haynes Story[7] was released by Dreyfus Jazz[8] in October 2007. The set chronicles highlights from Roy's career from 1949-2006, including recordings with Parker, Vaughan, Davis, Monk, Corea, Metheny and his own Hip Ensemble and Fountain of Youth quartet. The set was listed by The New Yorker Magazine as one of the Best Boxed Sets of 2007,[9] and was nominated for an award by the Jazz Journalist's Association.

WKCR-FM, New York,[10] surveyed Haynes's career in 301 hours of programming January 11-23, 2009. [11]

Esquire (magazine) named Roy Haynes one of the Best Dressed Men in America in 1960, along with Fred Astaire, Clark Gable and Cary Grant.


Roy Haynes (left) and Gunther Schuller in 2008.

As leader

  • 1954 Busman's Holiday
  • 1954 Roy Haynes Sextet
  • 1956 Jazz Abroad
  • 1958 We Three
  • 1960 Just Us
  • 1962 Out of the Afternoon (Impulse! Records)
  • 1963 Cracklin'
  • 1963 Cymbalism
  • 1964 People
  • 1971 Hip Ensemble
  • 1972 Equipoise
  • 1973 Senyah (Mainstream Records)
  • 1976 Jazz A Confronto vol.29
  • 1976 Sugar Roy
  • 1977 Vistalite
  • 1977 Thank You Thank You
  • 1978 Vistalite
  • 1979 Live at the Riverbop
  • 1986 True or False
  • 1992 Homecoming
  • 1992 When It's Haynes It Roars
  • 1994 My Shining Hour
  • 1994 Te Vou! (with Pat Metheny)
  • 1998 Praise
  • 2000 The Roy Haynes Trio
  • 2000 Roy Haynes
  • 2001 Birds of a Feather: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (with Roy Hargrove, Dave Holland and Kenny Garrett)
  • 2003 Love Letters
  • 2004 Fountain of Youth
  • 2004 Quiet Fire (reissue of Thank You Thank You and Vistalite)
  • 2006 Whereas
  • 2007 A Life in Time: The Roy Haynes Story 3CD-1DVD Boxed Set, 1949-2006'

As sideman


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