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Roy-Alty On TV

Here’s the clip of Letterman bringing art to the Late Night viewers.  And here’s a snag from a Haynes interview.

VR: You have been involved with many different styles of jazz. Do you prefer any style over the other?

VR: I prefer Roy Haynes style. It seems to fit a lot of other styles. Evidently it works. The different people that I have performed with from Louis Armstrong to Pat Metheny and Chick Corea a lot of people in between – that in itself should tell a story. You should just come and listen to what I am trying to do. Listen to records, but it is always great to catch the artist in person. See what they are about and feel them out. – interview with Brian Knight of the Vermont Review. 

One Night Only: The West Village Wobble

Here’s how it should go for jazz heads in the NYC vicinity tonight. Starting at 6:30 pm and allowing for one dash to 27 & and Lex, all the action is in the left hand side of lower Manhattan. Your evening should conclude at 12:30 am.

1. JD Allen @ Le Poisson Rouge. 6:30

Dude celebrates his new disc with an early show.

2. Roy Haynes @ Jazz Standard.  7:30 pm

Dude still brims with invention, trouncing many more youthful drummers when it comes to creativity.

3. Paul Motian @ the Village Vanguard.  9 pm

Dude cracks the code of the Modern Jazz Quartet, nudges Craig Taborn to the foreground.

4. Todd Sickafoose & Mary Halvorson @ Le Poisson Rouge.  10 pm/11:15 pm

Dude behind Search & Restore curates sweet double bill that places the Tiny Resistors next to Ms. Halvorson’s ultra-elastic threesome.

Roy Haynes, Birthday Boy

I chatted with Roy Haynes 17 years ago, around the time When It Haynes, It Roars was released. “My band doesn’t work all that much,” he told me, “so even before we get on stage the excitement level is high on a night when we’re playing. When we actually start, it’s like a tiger that’s been locked in a closet; I’m ready. My problem is restraining myself, cooling out out until all the juices are flowing right. Then – watch out – I explode.”

During the chat, as I recall, the iconic drummer turned up his stereo full blast, started cackling, and gave me a taste of his forthcoming disc, Te Vou! “Is that the shit or what,” he queried proudly. “It’s got that smiling thing that Jo Jones had: he’d be up there smiling, chewing gum and kicking ass!If you’re looking to inspire people, always incorporate that smiling thing.”

I chatted again with Roy Haynes last September, on the first day of his being home after a substantial stretch of touring. Europe, West Coast – many weeks in a row were spent driving his Fountain of Youth band and energizing Chick Corea’s ensemble. “This is the busiest year of my career,” he said. “Moving constantly, always going. I wake up and say ‘Where am I.’ It’s getting to be a lot.”

The master percussionist turns 86 today. Seems like his art is getting more and more eloquent. Sonny Rollins certainly thinks so.

“Roy is a guy that’s almost incomprehensible,” says the saxophonist. “I look back at my relationship with him – he’s been out there so long, playing with everybody – an essential part of everything that’s happened. You don’t even have to think about the drums with Roy Haynes – he’s got it covered. He always fits in with the development of the music. He’ll do whatever needs to be done to make whatever music you’re playing  sound good. ”

That kinda goes a long with another recollection the drummer conjured back in ’94. You’ve got to understand what situation you’re in,” he told me. “I remember working a gig with Stan Getz in L.A. before he had the bossa nova hits. John Coltrane was playing on the other side of town. It was Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday with Trane, and then the weekend with Getz. I could have tried to do the same moves with both of them, but they wouldn’t have had the same meaning. Sometimes I came back to Getz really wanting to kick ass, but I eased up. You have to adapt.”

Happy Birthday, Haynes.

Roy Haynes, Chopping Beats, Blowing Minds

Animation and panache have always been the drummer’s goals. Working towards them, jazz’s most virile 85-year-old lets his instrument’s personality coincide with his own. Call it a world view that stresses the art of dazzle. Behind that trap set, with cymbals splashing and toms thudding, Haynes chops rhythms with the precision of a sushi chef. Meaning his sense of swing is equal to his sense of flash. See the clip above for proof. He’s blowing out the candles at the Blue Note this week. Give him a hand, and read what he has to say about himself.


ROVA Saxophone Quartet


40 Years of Jazz at New England Conservatory

Sun Ra Arkestra