Blue ‘n Boogie

Roy Haynes

“Snap, Crackle, Roy”

Drummer Roy Owen Haynes was born March 13, 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts.

He began his professional career at 17 in Boston and in his 20s played both with Lester Young and Charlie Parker.

An interesting note: In 1960, Esquire Magazine named Haynes one of the Best Dressed Men in America along with Cary Grant and Clark Cable.

One of the most recorded drummers in jazz, Roy Haynes career spans more than sixty years beginning in Boston in the mid-1940s

Over the course of his career he has performed in a range of styles from swing and bebop to jazz fusion.

His highly expressive approach earned his the nickname “Snap Crackle” in the 1950s.

Additionally Roy recorded Wardell Gray, Stan Getz, and Bud Powell and spent five years during the 1950s on tour with Sarah Vaughan.

His recent recordings “Fountain of Youth” and “Whereas” have both been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Roy continues to be musically active, touring the world.

Roy Haynes performs a memorable drum solo at Jack Kleinsinger’s “Highlights in Jazz Charlie Parker Tribute” during April, 1973.


Roy Haynes, drums
Howard McGhee, trumpet
Jimmy Owens trumpet
Cecil Payne, baritone sax
Lee Konitz, alto sax
Ted Dunbar, guitar
Richard Davis, bass