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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: March 13, 1926

Roy Haynes was born in Boston, March 13, 1925, and was keenly interested in jazz ever since he can remember. Primarily self-taught, he began to work locally in 1942 with musicians like the Charlie Christian inflected guitarist Tom Brown, bandleader Sabby Lewis, and Kansas City blues-shout alto saxophonist Pete Brown, before getting a call in the summer of 1945 to join legendary bandleader Luis Russell (responsible for much of Louis Armstrong's musical backing from 1929 to 1933) to play for the dancers at New York's legendary Savoy Ballroom. When not traveling with Russell, the young drummer spent much time on Manhattan's 52nd Street and uptown in Minton's, the legendary incubator of bebop, soaking up the scene....
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Music

Featured recording “Whereas”

Whereas

Dreyfus Records
2006
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    People

    Verve Records
    2011
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    Roy-Alty

    Verve Records
    2011
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    A Life in Time: The Roy Haynes Story

    Dreyfus Records
    2008
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    The Island

    Verve Records
    2007
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    A Life In Time (The Roy Haynes Story)

    Verve Records
    2007
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    Whereas

    Dreyfus Records
    2006
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    Love Letters

    Verve Records
    2005
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