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Dave Kikoski Part Three | We Love Roy Haynes (E43)


We Love Roy Haynes (E43)

This DJ has a permanent smile on his face (and is started to refer to himself in the third person to boot – ego, Mr. DJ – watch that ego…). The smile is due to the joy that comes from creating something new, something lasting and something beautiful.

That’s what these four shows with Dave Kikoski are when all is said and done. I am learning so much. Dave is ‘in his element’ and the audience, if they are willing, gets to meet a wonderful musician and learn a ton about this curious and spectacularly cool form of music.

100 Records, Walking with Jazz Giants, Many Sides to this Dave Kikoski

And – dear reader – we have more. This show is amazing. Next week we have the conclusion – also terrific. But then… we will sort out more with Mr. K. He is a busy man, but I think “this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” As the line goes. Let’s hope!

Dave Kikoski

Roy Haynes

His Eminence!

Roy Owen Haynes (born March 13, 1925) is an American jazz drummer. He is among the most recorded drummers in jazz. In a career lasting nearly 80 years, he has played swing, bebop, jazz fusion, avant-garde jazz, and is considered a pioneer of jazz drumming. “Snap Crackle” was a nickname given to him in the 1950s.

He has led bands such as the Hip Ensemble. His albums Fountain of Youth and Whereas were nominated for a Grammy Award. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1999. His son Graham Haynes is a cornetist; another son Craig Holiday Haynes and grandson Marcus Gilmore are both drummers.

Haynes was born in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts, United States. His younger brother, Michael E. Haynes, would become an important leader in the black community of Massachusetts, working with Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, representing Roxbury in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and for forty years serving as pastor of the Twelfth Baptist Church, where King had been a member while he pursued his doctoral degree at Boston University.

A Life in Time – The Roy Haynes Story was named by The New Yorker magazine as one of the Best Boxed Sets of 2007 and was nominated for an award by the Jazz Journalist’s Association.

Esquire named Roy Haynes one of the best-dressed men in America in 1960, along with Fred Astaire, Miles Davis, Clark Gable, and Cary Grant.

Best Dressed
Roy Haynes at radio KJAZ Festival, Davies Symony Hall, San Francisco 1981 © Brian McMillen


Dave Kikoski ~ Part Three
Dave Kikoski ~ Part Three

“Roy Haynes is like a father to me,” says Kikoski. At 96 years old – we want to call Mr. Haynes a national treasure. We Love Roy Haynes.

The Playlist

Tracks included in order of appearance.

SongArtist / AlbumYear
StepsRoys Haynes, Dave Kikoski / When It’s Haynes, It Roars1992
Stranger in ParadiseSeamus Blake, Dave Kikoski / Live at Smalls??
Polovtsian Dances*Alexander Borodin / Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor1890
Stranger in Paradise*Ann Blyth, Vic Damone / Kismet Movie Soundtrack1953
Stranger in Paradise*Tony Bennett / Stranger in Paradise1955
PursuanceJohn Coltrane / A Love Supreme1965
OrbitsMiles Davis / Miles Smiles1967
Playlist: Dave Kikoski, *PJ Ewing

A PLAYLIST NOTE – We Love Roy Haynes

Enjoying the ride, the back and forth, the insights… the fun.

Video References

I want to share my appreciation for you. For listening with an open mind. For comments and thoughts. For advice and suggestions. I am very pleased to go on these musical journeys each week knowing you are there to appreciate stand-out music from inspired musicians.

Dave Kikoski Part Three | We Love Roy Haynes (E43)

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DJ and radio personality PJ Ewing is the host of Lester the Nightfly.

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