Roy Haynes was born in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts.
His age is 91 years old.
Between 1945 and 1960, he played with many legendary musicians.
He has played in a wide range of styles ranging from swing and bebop to jazz fusion and avant-garde jazz.
He continues to perform worldwide and was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1999.
He not only is one of the strongest drummers in modern jazz history, he’s also one of the art form’s most sensitive players.
His first big gigs was in 1945 with Luis Russell, a legendary New Orleans pianist and bandleader.
About Luis Russell, please refer to this website.
Some of his earliest dates with Russell were at the Savoy Ballroom in New York.
In the mid-1940s,he played his first gig in New York.
In late 1947, he started a long run with Lester Young.
He was with Lester Young for two years.
He talked about Lester Young as follows:
”He was a very humorous guy. He had his own way of talking.
It was like a foreign language and unless you understood it,what he said would make little sense to you.”