Happy Birthday Louis Hayes

May 31, 1937

Live at Antibe

Drummer Louis Hayes was born on May 31, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan.

As a teenager, he led his own band and played with Yusef Lateef and Curtis Fuller, both fellow Detroiters.

In addition to leading his own groups, Hayes has performed with Horace Silver’s Quintet, the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, and the Oscar Peterson Trio.

He has also recorded with John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Booker Little, Tommy Flanagan, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, and countless other master musicians.

Often teaming up with bassist Sam Jones, he played in the bands of both Cannonball Adderley and Oscar Peterson in the ’60s.

In 1972, he organized the “Louis Hayes Sextet,” which was later downsized to a quintet, co-led first by Junior Cook and then Woody Shaw.

Louis Hayes performed with the “McCoy Tyner All-Stars” at the 1986 Antibes Jazz Festival.


Woody Shaw, trumpet
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Joe Henderson, tenor sax
McCoy Tyner, piano
Avery Sharpe, bass
Louis Hayes, drums

Set List:

1 “Sandu”
2 “Blues For Basie”