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Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Event Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017


Louis Hayes Quintet performs Serenade to Horace


“I wanted to do this recording for Horace Silver because I wanted jazz fans to hear his music and I wanted to honor his memory.”  Louis Hayes




Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 19, 2017 - On Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 8 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present in concert jazz drummer Louis Hayes Quintet playing Serenade to Horace, at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. General admission is $30 (advanced) $35 (at the door). Tickets are available online: By phone: 888.71.TICKETS (888-718-4253) or at these locations: Dorsey’s Records (Homewood), Dave’s Record Mine (Southside).


Hayes says of this band: “Having the musicians who share the same feeling and know the meaning of the music they are playing is the most important thing for me when putting a band together. For me, as it was for Horace, it’s all about the feeling.”

The Quintet:

Louis Hayes, drums
Abraham Burton, saxophone
Steve Nelson, vibraphone
Dezron Douglas, bass
David, Bryant, piano


“I wanted to do this recording for Horace Silver because I wanted jazz fans to hear his music and I wanted to honor his memory.”  Louis Hayes                                               
Jazz Drummer Louis Hayes was all of 18, a recent transplant to New York City from his native Detroit, when he joined the Horace Silver Quintet -- first appearing on the 1957 album 6 Pieces of Silver, which yielded the hit single, "Señor Blues."
Hayes went on to perform with Silver at the 1958 and ’59 Newport Jazz Festivals, and provided the rhythmic fire on classic albums like The Styling’s of Silver (1957, Blue Note), Further Explorations by the Horace Silver Quintet (1958, Blue Note),  Finger Poppin’ (Blue Note, 1959) and Blowin’ the Blues Away (Blue Note, 1959). This was a period of unsurpassed excellence for hard-bop, in terms of both artistic standards and commercial appeal. Hayes stayed at the center of the movement even after leaving Silver.
After his stretch with Silver’s band, Hayes joined the Cannonball Adderley band where he had an equally consequential tenure spending the first half of the 1960s — a hot streak, by any measure — in the alto saxophonist’s band.
Over the next 60 years, Louis Hayes amassed a staggeringly great body of work. As one of the chief architects of modern jazz drumming, he has provided the rhythmic drive for historic recordings that not only include Silver and Adderley, but other jazz titans of jazz like Oscar Peterson, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, and McCoy Tyner.  Hayes also was the co-leader in an influential quintet with Woody Shaw and Junior Cook throughout the 1970s.
Beginning with his self-titled debut for the Vee-Jay label, Hayes made his first statement as a leader with Louis Hayes Featuring Yusef Lateef & Nat Adderley in 1960. In total, Hayes has recorded 18 albums as a leader. His playing has an intensity that is as subtle as it is complex, creating a musical feel and vibe that is unmistakably the Louis Hayes sound.  
For his latest project, Louis Hayes pays homage to Horace Silver with Serenade for Horace, his Blue Note Records debut as a leader. Hayes has logged his share of session hours for Blue Note, as the impeccably swinging drummer for label stalwarts like Grant Green, Curtis Fuller and, indelibly, Horace Silver. Now comes his turn in the driver's seat at Blue Note with Serenade for Horace, which was released May 2017.  As the title suggests, the album is a tribute to Horace Silver, with whom Hayes first made his name as a talented teenager who left Detroit to join the legendary pianist and composer. 
Kente Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts organization (501 (3) ©) that was established in 2007.  Since then it has presented some of the music world’s most legendary performers including Pharoah Sanders, The Last Poets, and Hugh Masekela, Roy Haynes, Randy Weston and the late Geri Allen.
For more information visit:  or call 412.322.0292.
The program is made possible in part by generous grants from The Heinz Endowments and Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund.   The media sponsors are WYEP and WESA.


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