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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 13, 2020: Roy Haynes' Birthday

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Roy Haynes' Birthday

Roy Owen Haynes is an American jazz drummer and one of the most recorded drummers in jazz. In a more than 70 year career lasting he has played swing, bebop, jazz fusion and avant-garde. He earned the totally boss and utterly credentializing nickname Snap Crackle in the 1950s. That right there is kind of credentializing.

Roy Haynes

He made his professional debut in 1944 in his native Boston and went full-time pro a year later. The artists he worked in the following years form a who's who of innovative jazz artists:

1947 to 1949: saxophonist Lester Young

1949 to 1952: drummer for saxophonist Charlie Parker's quintet and recorded with Bud Powell, Wardell Gray and Stan Getz

1953 to 1958:  Toured and recorded with Sarah Vaughan

His career also included 

2008: He appeared in Grand Theft Auto IV, as himself!

2007: Release of A Life in Time—The Roy Haynes Story. Includes recordings with Parker, Vaughan, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Haynes' own Hip Ensemble and Fountain of Youth quartet.

2016: At 91, Haynes drummed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, accompanied by Jon Batiste and the band Stay Human.

Throughout his career Haynes created drum and cymbal patterns—especially cymbals!—in an idiosyncratic and personally recognizable style. Haynes brought cymbals to the forefront of his style. This and his rapid-fire, crisp style on the snare drum earned him the nickname Snap Crackle.


Picture of (from left to right) McCoy Tyner, Ravi Coltrane,
Christian McBride, Roy Haynes and Michael Brecker
performing at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island,
on August 14, 2004. (Wikimedia Commons)

We are going to play some Dunun adaptations from his epic performance of Bad News Blues: 

Today's Video Lesson:

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