Thamon Hayes

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Thamon Hayes (October 11, 1899 – August 1, 1978[1]) was a Dixieland jazz trombonist and composer of the early Kansas City jazz scene,[2] who along with Bennie Moten composed several of the hits of the Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra such as "South" and the original 1927 version of "Moten Swing". He left the band in 1931 to form the Kansas City Rockets, which in 1936 became "Leonard's Rockets".[3][4] Haye's new band were billed by the Kansas City Call as "the new wonder band of accomplished musicians", and their first performance was met with unprecedented attention in Kansas City driving the crowds wild.[5]


  1. ^ "Thamon Hayes". Missouri Death Decords. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  2. ^ Russell, Ross (1983). Jazz Style in Kansas City and the Southwest. University of California Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-520-04785-3.
  3. ^ "Thamon Hayes". Discogs. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  4. ^ Schuller, Gunther (2 March 1989). The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945. Oxford University Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-19-987934-2.
  5. ^ Driggs, Frank (1 May 2005). Kansas City Jazz : From Ragtime to Bebop--A History: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History. Oxford University Press. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-19-536435-4.