“The fountain of youth with the youthful young musician is one meaning, and the fountain of youth with the youthful energy of the leader is another meaning.” – Roy Haynes
Boston’s own, Roy Haynes, the iconic drummer is turning 90 years young next week on March 13. There was a party at Scullers last night and the house was super packed. A master drummer who had worked with Lester Young, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, Eric Dolphy, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and many many others, he is still driving the train. He is the “father of modern drumming,” says the guitarist Pat Metheny. Haynes, says Corea, is a “national treasure. The Fountain of Youth band was with Roy Haynes on drums, Jaleel Shaw on saxophones, Martin Bejerano on piano, and David Wong on bass; Roy’s oldest son, Craig Haynes sat in.
I stayed after the show to chat with Fred Taylor while we watched the lingering audience members paying their respect to Mr. Haynes in the hallway. Next week, Berklee College of Music will present Fred Taylor with the college’s VERY FIRST George Wein Impresario Award on March 11 at 8 p.m., at Scullers Jazz Club. Named after Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, the award recognizes individuals who bring music to life through their dedication to discovering, mentoring, presenting, and promoting creative musicians and their music. Call ahead for tickets. The concert, titled Berklee Salutes Scullers, is produced by Bill Banfield, and includes performances from Berklee faculty members: Tia Fuller, George Russell Jr., John Lockwood, Yoron Israel, Maggie Scott, Gabrielle Goodman, Donna McElroy, and other special guests. Jazz critic Bob Blumenthal will tell Taylor’s story prior to the musical performance.
Please come all to this special evening to salute and celebrate Fred Taylor, a true jazz legend in Boston.
Courtesy: Erin X. Smithers