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The Career Of Louis Hayes

Jazz Unlimited for August 7, 2016 will be “The Career of Louis Hayes.”  Drummer Louis Hayes was born in Detroit in 1937 to a musical family and was leading a group in Detroit clubs by age 16. During his 60-year performing career, he distinguished distinguished himself with long tenures with the groups of Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner and Woody Shaw.  He also free-lanced in studios as well as leading his own groups.  We will hear him with Grant Green, Nancy Wilson, James Clay, Sonny Clark, Nat Adderley, Victor Feldman, Phineas Newborn, Jr., John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson and a group with alto saxophonists Phil Woods, Gene Quill , Sahib Shihab and Hal Stein as well as with the aforementioned leaders.

The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the musicians heard on this show.

Here is the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band with Vincent Herring (as), Jeremy Pelt (tp), Rick Germanson (p), Dezron Douglas (b) and Lou Hayes drums. Recorded December 8th, 2013 at Cory Weeds' Cellar Jazz Club.

Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His show, Jazz Unlimited, airs every Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The show has the largest jazz audience in St. Louis and was named Best Jazz Radio Show in St. Louis for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 by the Riverfront Times. In celebration of his 25 years on the air, January 24, 2008 was proclaimed Dennis Owsley Day" in the City of St. Louis. He is the 2010 winner of the St. Louis Public Radio Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis is also a noted photographer, and his exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject. Dennis is the author of the award-winning book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006.

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