Roy Haynes & the Fountain of Youth Band

The hell with Ponce De Leon, Roy Haynes is the guy you want to hang out with if you're looking for that elusive elixir of rejuvenation. His distinctive, elastic brand of hard swing is still lithe, limber, and crackling with joyful energy some 60 years after he launched a career that helped define modern jazz. Haynes introduced his own rhythmic innovations—immortalized shorthand by his nickname, Snap Crackle—as he manned the skins for an astounding panoply of jazz icons: Bird, Prez, Bud Powell, Miles, Louis Armstrong, Monk, Diz, Trane, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy. Much of that history is captured on Dreyfus's wonderful 2007 four-disc set A Life in Time: The Roy Haynes Story. The newest tune on there is a rousing version of Bird's "Segment," from 2006's Grammy-nominated Whereas, recorded live at the Artists' Quarter. Haynes is a longtime friend of AQ owner and fellow drummer Kenny Horst, and has a special affection for the place. So the subterranean palace should be hoppin' and boppin' when Haynes cranks up his superb Fountain of Youth Band, which includes pianist Martin Bejerano, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and bassist John Sullivan. $30 at 8 p.m., $25 at 10:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 20, 2009

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