Louis Hayes

Louis Hayes

born on 31/5/1937 in Detroit, MI, United States

Louis Hayes

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Louis Hayes (born May 31, 1937) is an American jazz drummer.[1]


His father played drums and piano and his mother played the piano. He refers to the early influence of hearing jazz, especially hearing 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 (1956–1959), the Cannonball Adderley Quintet (1959–1965), and the Oscar Peterson Trio (1965–1967). 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, which he 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 (1989–1994), and TCB (2000–2002).

He was with McCoy Tyner's trio for over three years. Since 1989 he has led his own band, and together with Vincent Herring formed the Cannonball Legacy Band.


As leader/co-leader

  • 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)[2]
  • Serenade for Horace (Blue Note, 2017)[3]

As sideman

With Pepper Adams

  • Conjuration: Fat Tuesday's Session (Reservoir, 1983 [1990])

With Cannonball Adderley

  • In San Francisco (1959, Riverside)
  • Them Dirty Blues (1960, Riverside)
  • Nancy Wilson / Cannonball Adderley (1961, Capitol)
  • Nippon Soul (1963, Riverside)
  • The Cannonball Adderley Sextet in New York (1964, Riverside)
  • Phenix (1975, Fantasy)

With Nat Adderley

  • Work Song (1960, Riverside)
  • Naturally! (1961, Jazzland)

With Gene Ammons

  • Goodbye (Prestige, 1974)

With Kenny Burrell

  • K. B. Blues (Blue Note, 1957 [1979])
  • Bluesin' Around (Columbia, 1961 [1983])

With James Clay

  • A Double Dose of Soul (Riverside, 1960)

With Al Cohn

  • Son of Drum Suite (RCA Victor, 1960)
  • True Blue (1976, Xanadu) with Dexter Gordon
  • Silver Blue (1976, Xanadu) with Dexter Gordon

With John Coltrane

  • Lush Life (1958, Prestige)
  • The Last Trane (1958, Prestige)
  • Coltrane Time (1958, United Artists, Blue Note)
  • The Believer (1963, Prestige)

With Richard Davis

  • Muses for Richard Davis (MPS, 1969)

With Kenny Drew

  • Undercurrent (1960, Blue Note)

With Victor Feldman

  • Merry Olde Soul (Riverside, 1961)

With Tommy Flanagan, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, and Idrees Sulieman

  • The Cats (1957, Prestige)

With Ricky Ford

  • Tenor Madness Too! (Muse, 1992)

With Curtis Fuller

  • New Trombone (Prestige, 1957)
  • Curtis Fuller with Red Garland (New Jazz, 1957 [1962])
  • Jazz ...It's Magic! (Regent, 1957)
  • Curtis Fuller Volume 3 (1957, Blue Note)

With Terry Gibbs

With Dexter Gordon

  • Ca'Purange (Prestige, 1972)
  • Tangerine (Prestige, 1972)

With Bennie Green

  • Back on the Scene (1958, Blue Note)

With Grant Green

  • Gooden's Corner (1961, Blue Note)
  • Oleo (1962, Blue Note)

With Barry Harris

  • Barry Harris at the Jazz Workshop (Riverside, 1960)

With Joe Henderson

  • The Kicker (1967, Milestone)
  • Tetragon (1968, Milestone)

With John Hicks

  • Gentle Rain (Sound Hills, 1994)
  • On the Wings of an Eagle (Chesky, 2006)

With Johnny Hodges

  • Blue Hodge (Verve, 1961)

With Freddie Hubbard

  • The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard (Impulse!, 1962)
  • Without a Song: Live in Europe 1969 (Blue Note, 2009)

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

  • Cliff Craft (Blue Note, 1957)
  • Inward Fire (Muse, 1978)

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

  • Strange Blues (Prestige, 1957)

With Phineas Newborn, Jr.

  • A World of Piano! (Contemporary, 1962)
  • The Great Jazz Piano of Phineas Newborn Jr. (Contemporary, 1963)

With Freddie Redd

  • Shades of Redd (1960, Blue Note)

With Woody Shaw

  • The Woody Shaw Concert Ensemble at the Berliner Jazztage (Muse, 1976)

With Horace Silver

  • 6 Pieces of Silver (1956, Blue Note)
  • The Stylings of Silver (1957, Blue Note)
  • Finger Poppin' with the Horace Silver Quintet (1959, Blue Note)
  • Blowin' the Blues Away (1959, Blue Note)

With James Spaulding

  • Songs of Courage (Muse, 1991 [1993])
  • Blues Nexus (Muse, 1993)

With Sonny Stitt

  • 12! (Muse, 1972)

With Idrees Sulieman

  • Roots (New Jazz, 1958) with the Prestige All Stars

With McCoy Tyner

  • Uptown/Downtown (1988, Milestone)

With Cedar Walton

  • A Night At Boomers, Vol. 1 (Muse, 1973)
  • A Night At Boomers, Vol. 2 (Muse, 1973)
  • Firm Roots (Muse, 1974 [1976])
  • Pit Inn (East Wind, 1974)

With Roosevelt Wardell

  • The Revelation (Prestige, 1960)

With Phil Woods

With The Young Lions

  • The Young Lions (1960) Vee-Jay

With Joe Zawinul

  • Money in the Pocket (Atlantic, 1967)

With Rein de Graaff


  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  2. ^ http://www.louishayes.net/music.html
  3. ^ http://www.bluenote.com/news/louis-hayes-to-release-serenade-for-horace-52
  4. ^ http://www.louishayes.net/music.html
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