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Roy Haynes

Roy Haynes to be Honored with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Watch this Sunday, Feb. 13

Be sure to catch the Grammys this weekend as the legendary Roy Haynes adds to his list of noteworthy achievments. He’ll join Dolly Parton, the Ramones, Julie Andrews and the Kingston Trio as a Grammy award Lifetime Achievement honoree. He receives the award on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a ceremony prerecorded for broadcast Sunday on CBS.

It's a tribute that awes even Haynes, who already has a mantel full of brassy hardware, including a "living legacy” award presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. last year.

On the phone from his home on Long Island, NY, Haynes told the Boston Herlad he had an inkling something was up when the Recording Academy called to tell him he’d be hearing from their president and CEO, Neil Portnow.

“I wanted one of my kids to be there when I got the call, and a bottle of champagne,” Haynes said, adding that he’s not sure yet whether or not he’ll perform at the Grammys. “I had the champagne, but I was by myself. But it was still exciting as hell, man.”

“When I was a youngster in Boston, I was with Dixieland people before bebop was even heard of. I’ve covered a lot of territory. As the song goes, I covered the waterfront. It’s been quite an exciting career, and it’s still going on.”

Haynes just finished recording a new CD with his ensemble for the Dreyfus label that includes guest appearances by trumpeter Roy Hargrove and pianist Chick Corea.

Haynes says all his performing and touring — he spent months in Europe last year with both his band and Corea — keeps him young.

“Sometimes I think about my age when I’m home,” he said. “But when I get on the bandstand, especially with the people I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to play with, we all become the same age. The music keeps you open, especially traveling all over the world and playing in different countries and with different people.”

Long one of the sharpest dressers in jazz, and an automobile aficionado who tools around in his Bricklin and ’68 Cadillac Eldorado, Haynes says the lifetime achievement award has caused him to look back on what he has accomplished.

“It feels good, man, and it’s on and on and on,” he said. “When they book me in places all over the world, I guess they’re mentioning my age, and what’s happening is that a lot of young ladies say to me, ‘You really can’t be in your 80s.’ So every day is great. To do something, meet somebody new, perform and have an audience love what you’re doing. It’s been a hell of a life.”

(taken from the Boston Herald)

Congrats Roy, from everyone here at Zildjian.

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