Tue March 13, 2012
An Interview with Roy Haynes
Legendary drummer has been recording and performing since the 1940's
By Chris Cooke
Omaha, Nebraska – At 87, Drummer Roy Haynes continues to thrive as one of the most remarkable drummers on the jazz scene. Since the 1940's, Haynes has made a personal stamp on untold numbers of recording sessions as a leader, sideman, and propulsive force. The personnel he has worked with are the most important in all of jazz. Lester Young. Charlie Parker. Sarah Vaughan. Tommy Flanagan. John Coltrane.
His unending energy and drive continue into the 21st Century with his Fountain of Youth band. One of his recent discs is Whereas, recorded live during the "Roy Haynes Weekend" officially proclaimed by the Mayor of St. Paul over the course of three nights in January 2006. Featuring some of the hottest young players on today's jazz scene, the band is Jaleel Shaw, saxophones; Robert Rodriguez, piano; John Sullivan, bass and the leader Roy Haynes, drums.
Jazz in the Afternoon host Chris Cooke caught up with Roy Haynes in 2006. In a wide-ranging interview, Haynes discussed his band and new record as well as his memories of working with fellow jazz legends Lester Young and Charlie Parker. Click on the link at the top of this page to listen to that interview. Recording engineer: Mike Hansen.
Chris Cooke is the host of Jazz in the Afternoon and Last Call on KIOS-FM.