Roy Haynes Honored with Living Legacy Award

Drummer presented with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2010 Living Legacy Award in special ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

(l-r) Gregg Landis, Senior Director for BNY Mellon Wealth Management's Mid Atlantic Region; Roy Haynes; and Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, Chair, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Photo by Valerie Russell
 (l-r) Brian Blade, Christian McBride, BNY Mellon Jazz 2010 Living Legacy Award Recipient Roy Haynes, and Chick Corea. Photo by Valerie Russell

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On October 9, 2010, legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes was honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2010 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Award honors living jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.

The celebration included a reception and the award ceremony. And it was preceded by a performance at the Terrace Theater by the Chick Corea Trio, with Christian McBride and Brian Blade. With Haynes in the audience, Corea dedicated the show to the drummer, with whom he had recorded and performed many times, going all the way back to 1968, when they recorded the influential piano trio album Now He Sings, Now He Sobs with Miroslav Vitous on bass. After the performance, Corea, McBride and Blade joined Haynes and his family, along with previous Legacy Awardees Larry Ridley (1997) and Reggie Workman (1999), for the award ceremony at the KC Jazz Club.

The BNY Mellon Jazz 2010 Living Legacy Award is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by BNY Mellon. Previous Living Legacy Award winners include Dr. Frank Foster, Kenny Barron, Benny Golson, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Randy Weston, Keter Betts, Jimmy Heath, Joe Kennedy, Jr., Shirley Scott, Reggie Workman, Dr. Donald Byrd, Larry Ridley, Barry Harris, Robert “Boysie” Lowery, and Clark Terry. In addition, a Millennium Award was conferred on Dr. Billy Taylor in 2000.