Born in Boston on March 13, 1926, Roy Haynes, a self-taught jazz drummer and bandleader, has since become one of the most recorded drummers in jazz. He has played nearly every style of jazz: swing, bebop, jazz-fusion, avant-garde, you name it.
Haynes started his career in 1942 working with Charlie Christian, Tom Brown, Sabby Lewis, and Pete Brown before receiving a call from Luis Russell in 1945 to play for the dancers at The Savoy Ballroom in New York City. In 1960 Haynes tried his hand as a bandleader, first in a bop group, then in a jazz-rock group called Hip Ensemble. Over the course of his storied career, Haynes has played with the biggest names in jazz — Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and many more.
The Museum Of American History’s Hall On Nations in New York City named Haynes as one of the "Living National Treasures in jazz." In 1991, Haynes received an honorary doctorate of music from Boston's Berklee College Of Music.
In the late ’90s, Haynes formed The Roy Haynes Trio with Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci on bass, and pianist Danilo Perez. In April of 2000, the trio released their debut album, The Roy Haynes Trio Featuring Danilo Perez And John Petrucci.
“I don't want to overplay," Haynes once said. "I like the guys to trade, and I just keep it moving, and spread the rhythm, as Coltrane said. Keep it moving, keep it crisp.” For anyone who's heard him play, it's clear Haynes lives and plays by this credo.