|Born||May 31, 1937|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Associated acts||Cannonball Adderley, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver|
Louis Hayes (born May 31, 1937) is an American jazz drummer and band leader. He was with McCoy Tyner's trio for more than three years. Since 1989 he has led his own band, and together with Vincent Herring formed the Cannonball Legacy Band.
Louis Sedell Hayes was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States, to a father, an automaker, who played drums and piano. His mother waited tables and played the piano. She was the sister of John Nelson, the father of the musician Prince. Hayes got his first drum set at age 10. The key influence in his early development was his cousin Clarence Stamps, an accomplished drummer who grounded his technical fundamentals and gave him lessons that stuck for life. He refers to the early influence of hearing jazz, especially big bands on the radio. His main influence was Philly Joe Jones and he was mentored by Jo Jones. His three main associations were with Horace Silver's Quintet (1956–59), the Cannonball Adderley Quintet (1959–65), and the Oscar Peterson Trio (1965–67). Hayes often joined Sam Jones, both with Adderley and Peterson, and in freelance settings.
When he was a teenager, he led a band in Detroit clubs before he was 16. He worked with Yusef Lateef and Curtis Fuller from 1955 to 1956. He moved to New York in August 1956, to replace Art Taylor in the Horace Silver Quintet and, in 1959, joined the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, with which he remained until mid-1965, when he succeeded Ed Thigpen in the Oscar Peterson Trio. He left Peterson in 1967, and formed a series of groups, which he led alone or with others; among his sidemen were Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Kenny Barron, and James Spaulding. He returned to Peterson in 1971.
The Louis Hayes Sextet, formed in 1972, became, in 1975, the Louis Hayes-Junior Cook Quintet and the Woody Shaw-Louis Hayes Quintet (Cook remained as a sideman until Rene McLean joined); in its last form the quintet played successful engagements throughout Europe and (without McLean) acted as the host group when, in 1976, Dexter Gordon visited the U.S. for the first time in many years. After Shaw left the group in 1977, Hayes continued to lead it as a hard-bop quintet.
Hayes has appeared on many records throughout the years, and played with John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons, Hank Mobley, Booker Little, Tommy Flanagan, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Gary Bartz, and Tony Williams. He also led sessions for Vee-Jay (1960), Timeless (1976), Muse (1977), Candid (1989), Steeplechase (1989–94), and TCB (2000–2002).
- Louis Hayes (Vee-Jay, 1960)
- Breath of Life (Muse, 1974)
- Ichi-Ban (Timeless, 1976) with Junior Cook
- The Real Thing (Muse, 1977)
- Variety Is the Spice (Gryphon, 1979)
- Light and Lively (SteepleChase, 1989)
- The Crawl (Candid, 1989)
- Una Max (SteepleChase, 1989)
- Nightfall (SteepleChase, 1991)
- Blue Lou (SteepleChase, 1993)
- The Super Quartet (Timeless, 1994)
- Louis at Large (Sharp Nine, 1996)
- Quintessential Lou (TCB, 2000)
- The Candy Man (TCB, 2001)
- Dreamin' of Cannonball (TCB, 2002)
- Maximum Firepower (Savant, 2006)
- Return of the Jazz Communicators (Smoke Sessions, 2014)
- Serenade for Horace (Blue Note, 2017)
With Pepper Adams
- Conjuration: Fat Tuesday's Session (Reservoir, 1983 )
With Cannonball Adderley
- In San Francisco (1959, Riverside)
- Them Dirty Blues (Riverside, 1960)
- The Cannonball Adderley Quintet at the Lighthouse (Riverside, 1960)
- Cannonball Adderley and the Poll-Winners (Riverside, 1961)
- African Waltz (Riverside, 1961)
- Plus (Riverside, 1961)
- Nancy Wilson / Cannonball Adderley (1961, Capitol)
- Cannonball in Europe! (Riverside, 1962)
- Jazz Workshop Revisited (Riverside, 1962)
- Nippon Soul (Riverside, 1963)
- The Sextet (Milestone, 1962-63 )
- Autumn Leaves (Riverside, 1963)
- The Cannonball Adderley Sextet in New York (Riverside, 1964)
- Cannonball Adderley Live! (Capitol, 1964)
- Live Session! (Capitol, 1964)
- Cannonball Adderley's Fiddler on the Roof (Capitol, 1964)
- Domination (Capitol, 1965)
- Phenix (Fantasy, 1975)
With Nat Adderley
With Gene Ammons
- Goodbye (Prestige, 1974)
With Georges Arvanitas
- Cocktail for Three (Pretoria, 1959)
With Kenny Burrell
With James Clay
- A Double Dose of Soul (Riverside, 1960)
With Al Cohn
- Son of Drum Suite (RCA Victor, 1960)
- True Blue (Xanadu, 1976) with Dexter Gordon
- Silver Blue (Xanadu, 1976) with Dexter Gordon
With John Coltrane
- Lush Life (Prestige, 1958)
- The Last Trane (Prestige, 1958)
- Coltrane Time (United Artists, Blue Note, 1958)
- The Believer (Prestige, 1963)
With Richard Davis
With Kenny Drew
- Undercurrent (Blue Note, 1960)
With Victor Feldman
- Merry Olde Soul (Riverside, 1961)
- The Cats (Prestige, 1957)
With Ricky Ford
- Tenor Madness Too! (Muse, 1992)
With Curtis Fuller
- New Trombone (Prestige, 1957)
- Curtis Fuller with Red Garland (New Jazz, 1957 )
- Jazz ...It's Magic! (Regent, 1957)
- Curtis Fuller Volume 3 (Blue Note, 1957)
With Terry Gibbs
With Dexter Gordon
With Bennie Green
- Back on the Scene (Blue Note, 1958)
With Grant Green
With Wilbur Harden
- Mainstream 1958 (Savoy, 1958)
With Barry Harris
- Barry Harris at the Jazz Workshop (Riverside, 1960)
With Joe Henderson
With John Hicks
With Johnny Hodges
With Freddie Hubbard
- The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard (Impulse!, 1962)
- The Body & the Soul (Impulse!,1963)
- The Hub of Hubbard (MPS, 1970)
With J. J. Johnson
- A Touch of Satin (Columbia, 1962)
With Sam Jones
- The Soul Society (Riverside, 1960)
- The Chant (Riverside, 1961)
- Changes & Things (Xanadu, 1977)
- Something in Common (Muse, 1977)
With Clifford Jordan
With Harold Land
- West Coast Blues! (Jazzland, 1960)
With Yusef Lateef
- Jazz for the Thinker (Savoy, 1957)
- Stable Mates (Savoy, 1957)
- Jazz Mood (Savoy, 1957)
- Before Dawn: The Music of Yusef Lateef (Verve, 1957)
With Johnny Lytle
- Nice and Easy (Jazzland, 1962)
With Ken McIntyre
- Year of the Iron Sheep (United Artists, 1962)
With Jackie McLean
With Wes Montgomery
- Movin' Along (Riverside, 1960)
With Phineas Newborn, Jr.
- A World of Piano! (Contemporary, 1962)
- The Great Jazz Piano of Phineas Newborn Jr. (Contemporary, 1963)
- Resurgence! (Muse, 1981)
With Freddie Redd
- Shades of Redd (Blue Note, 1960)
With Woody Shaw
With Horace Silver
- 6 Pieces of Silver (Blue Note, 1956)
- The Stylings of Silver (Blue Note, 1957)
- Further Explorations by the Horace Silver Quintet (Blue Note, 1958)
- Finger Poppin' with the Horace Silver Quintet (Blue Note, 1959)
- Blowin' the Blues Away (Blue Note, 1959)
With Les Spann
- Gemini (Jazzland, 1961)
With James Spaulding
With Sonny Stitt
- 12! (Muse, 1972)
With Idrees Sulieman
- Roots (New Jazz, 1958) with the Prestige All Stars
With Lucky Thompson
- Concert: Friday the 13th - Cook County Jail (Groove Merchant, 1973)
- I Offer You (Groove Merchant, 1973)
With McCoy Tyner
- Uptown/Downtown (Milestone, 1988)
- Back Door Blues (Riverside, 1962)
With Cedar Walton
- A Night At Boomers, Vol. 1 (Muse, 1973)
- A Night At Boomers, Vol. 2 (Muse, 1973)
- Firm Roots (Muse, 1974 )
- Pit Inn (East Wind, 1974)
With Roosevelt Wardell
- The Revelation (Prestige, 1960)
With Phil Woods
With The Young Lions
With Joe Zawinul
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