Legendary Drummer Roy Haynes Brings His Band to Bass Concert Hall on March 30th

    Legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes and his Fountain of Youth Band currently rank among one of the most prominent and talented jazz quartets in the country.   Texas Performing Arts will host the Grammy-nominated force at Bass Concert Hall on Friday,
March 30th, at 8 p.m.
    The Fountain of Youth Band boasts the talents of saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, bassist David Wong and pianist Martin Bejerano.  Each player is known for their virtuosity on their instrument and their aptitude for improvisational solos.  The band will perform works off of their albums Whereas and the self-titled Fountain of Youth.
     Drumming since the early years of his life, Haynes made his professional debut at the age of seventeen. In the years that followed, he became known for his idiosyncratic style created by unique drum and cymbal patterns - and is now frequently referred to as "the pulse of legendary jazz."
     By 1945, Haynes began a full-time professional career as a musician and started collaborating with some of the most prominent names in jazz today - most notably playing as a member of Charlie Parker's quintet from 1949 until 1952.  Other collaborations include performances and/or recordings with jazz icons Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins.  For his astounding musical contributions to the art of jazz drumming, Haynes was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in December 2010.
     Tickets are $26 to $32, with a limited number of $10 student tickets available.  Discounted tickets are available for U.T. faculty and staff, seniors and military.  Dr. Charles Carson - Assistant Professor of Musicology at UT's Butler School of Music and former Howard Mayer Brown Fellow for the American Musicological Society - will offer a per-performance lecture in the Bass Concert Hall Lobby at 7 p.m.
    Bass Concert Hall is located at 2300 Robert Dedman Drive on the University of Texas campus.  Tickets are on sale now at the Bass Concert Hall Box Office, all Texas Box Office outlets - including most H-E-B stores - by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO, and online at

(Ron Haynes photo by Jimmy Katz)
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