2011 BeanTown Jazz FestivalLouis Hayes Cannonball Legacy Band
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Hard bop drummer Louis Hayes has been a force in jazz since the mid-1950s when he began working-as a teenager-with Yusef Lateef, Curtis Fuller, and other artists hailing from his home of Detroit. Later he played with legends such as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Wes Montgomery. He has released nearly two dozen albums as a leader.
Hayes's main influence during his formative years was Philly Joe Jones. His work with three groups in particular is what he is perhaps best known for: Horace Silver's Quintet (1956-1959), the Cannonball Adderly Quintet (1959-1965), and the Oscar Peterson Trio (1965-1967). Hayes often teamed up with Sam Jones, both with Adderley and Peterson, and in freelance settings.