Detroit native Louis Hayes is an iconic hard-bop drummer whose roots go back to the revolutionary jazz days of the mid-'50s, and who is still making a mark on the contemporary jazz scene half a century later. A devotee of Philly Joe Jones and Papa Jo Jones, Hayes got his start as a teenager playing in Detroit with Yusef Lateef, and went on to long associations with Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley, and Oscar Peterson. He is said to be one of the most recorded drummers in jazz history, and his innumerable sessions include many with the cream of the jazz world: John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, Pepper Adams, Cedar Walton, McCoy Tyner, and Cecil Taylor, to just scratch the surface. In recent years, Hayes has led the Cannonball Legacy Band and various groups under his own name, including his current trio with saxophonist Abraham Burton and bassist Santi DeBriano. On last year's The Time Keeper (18th & Vine), Hayes does the titular chore with a characteristic abundance of taut energy, invoking his renowned acute sense of swing on a scorching reading of the standard "Angel Eyes," adeptly negotiating the tricky temporal shifts in Burton's "Abellino," and igniting a simmering torch under Jobim's "Double Rainbow." A new album, Lou's Idea, is due this fall. 18+.
Wed., Oct. 13, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2010