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Artist’s Choice: Paul Carr on Roy Haynes

Saxophonist and festival director picks his favorites by the legendary drummer

Roy Haynes at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival

Roy Haynes started playing professionally in 1945 and he still sounds fresh and better than ever today. Haynes has played with everybody in jazz from Lester Young to Christian McBride. No matter the artist or the size of the band or style, Roy Haynes kills it. Here are some of my favorite Roy Haynes tracks. With a recording career that has spans over 60 years, this was hard to do.

Since 2010, I have been organizing the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, Maryland and I have always wanted to invite Haynes to perform with his great group. It took a couple years, but this year he’ll be playing at the festival with his Fountain of Youth Band featuring Jaleel Shaw, Martin Bejerano and John Sullivan. I know it will be one of the real highlights of the festival for me. Before Haynes’ performance, we will honor him with the MAJF Ronnie Wells Jazz Service Award for his stellar performing career and for sharing his knowledge with next generation of jazz musicians, right from the bandstand.

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