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An Evening With Roy Haynes

Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 25, 2010

Roy Haynes at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Danilo Perez, Kenny Garrett and Dave Holland with Roy Haynes at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Garrett and Dave Holland with Roy Haynes at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Roy Haynes at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Fresh off his participation in Sonny Rollins’ 80th birthday gala at the Beacon Theater two weeks earlier, drumming legend Roy Haynes had his own special day before a packed house at spacious Rose Theater in celebration of his 85th birthday. (Haynes had been feted earlier this year during a week-long engagement at the Blue Note around the time of his actual birthday on March 13).

By now all the slogans about the miraculous Mr. Haynes have become well-worn clichés – that he’s an “ageless wonder” who has “found the fountain of youth” and plays with a “seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy and ideas.” And they’re all true. People stood in awe of Haynes’ relentless creativity, boundless enthusiasm and sheer hipness on the kit 15 years ago. Like many, I have stopped wondering how long he can carry on at such a high level and have come to accept the fact that he will outlive us all and continue swinging for an eternity, like a bebop version of the vampire Lestat.

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