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Louis Hayes was just 19 and living on Detroit's west side when his reputation caught up with him. Pianist Horace Silver, fresh out of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, had heard about the young drummer. Silver called up Hayes and asked him to move to New York and join his new band.

Hayes packed his drums and caught a train east. It was 1956, and jazz was on fire. "I was able to come to New York while all of those different generations were performing," says Hayes, "people like Coleman Hawkins, [Papa] Jo Jones, Cozy Cole, Roy Eldridge, and Lester Young. Then there was the younger generation — Miles [Davis], Philly Joe [Jones], Max Roach, Stan Getz, and J.J. Johnson — and I had the chance to make records, make history, with that generation."

Growing up, Hayes was surrounded by drummers. His father played and so did his cousin, 10 years his senior. On the radio he heard the big bands and, at 13, a friend introduced him to the music of Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, and his soon-to-be hero, Charlie Parker.

"I grew up hearing all kinds of music, but what was in my brain was this art form they called be-bop jazz," says Hayes. "That was the way I wanted to go. I was never the kind of person who couldn't make up his mind on what he wanted to do."

Silver met Hayes at the station and took him to the Alvin Hotel on 52nd Street, directly across from jazz heaven. "I could look out my window and see who was going in and out of Birdland," he says.

He played with Silver until 1959, when he was asked to join the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. When he plays at Kilbourn Hall, Hayes will be leading The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, honoring the saxophonist whom he played with through 1965.

"It was a great, great experience," says Hayes, "one of the best of my life. We were a team, and we were great friends — the whole organization, Cannon, Nat [Adderley, trumpet] and Sam [Jones, bass]. The piano chair was never complete until Joe Zawinul arrived."

In his early 20's, Hayes was at the epicenter of the jazz world, but he was still green and needed role models. He found some great ones.

"My mentor was Papa Jo Jones," says Hayes, "and it wasn't about playing drums. He would say things about living life, being a man, living in this music world. You would see the older gentlemen, Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge, and see the way they carried themselves. Jo liked me, so he would take me to places and introduce me to things, things that you need to help you carry on."

By now, Hayes had moved to New York's upper west side, and it was not just any neighborhood.

"I lived on 101st Street; John Coltrane lived on 103rd Street," says Hayes. "I used to go to his apartment and listen to him practice. We all looked at Coltrane in a certain way, because he worked harder than most people would work at anything. He put more time in, and he was not kidding around. He was constantly working at anything his magnificent brain was telling him to work at."

Hayes was the drummer on several classic Coltrane albums. He also recorded with Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Wayne Shorter, Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, and Freddie Hubbard.

Was he aware that they were creating classics?

"It was just another recording date," says Hayes. "It never entered anyone's mind thinking like that. We were all just coming up, living our lives. The music was going in a certain direction and people were just growing and trying to play at the highest level of their ability. I don't think anyone was thinking: Years from now this is going to be great."

After six decades of playing on concert stages all over the world with some of the greatest bands in the history of jazz, one venue still stands out for Hayes.

"One place that I always remember was The World Stage in Detroit," says Hayes. "It made me more nervous, just being in that environment right there in my hometown, because Detroit was a very competitive place. People were very knowledgeable, and I was very young."

Joining him on the Kilbourn stage will be some of the top younger players in jazz: Vincent Herring (alto sax), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Rick Germanson (piano), and Dezron Douglas (bass).

"They ask me a lot of questions," says Hayes. "I can see how life changes and how I looked at some of the older musicians when I was their age. And all of a sudden — seems like time goes so fast — now they're looking at me like that."

Louis Hayes and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band perform Tuesday, June 24, 6 and 10 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs Street. Tickets are $25, or you can use your Club Pass. Louishayes.net.

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    Jazz Festival Guide 2014

    CITY Newspaper's guide to the biggest music festival in Rochester! For more coverage, check our website every day of the festival for reviews, blogs, photos and more!

    Festival Information

    The 2014 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Friday, June 20-Saturday, June 28

    Friday, June 20 - Schedule

    4:30 p.m.: Hilton High School Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:15 p.m.: Canandaigua High School Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

    I called up Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's trumpeter Glen "The Kid" Marhevka to discuss his band, its brand of swing, its longevity in the swing scene, its hepcat haberdashery, and its impact on swing. That's right — swing, swing, and more swing.

    Friday, June 20 - Musician Bios

    Akiko Tsuruga Quartet When the Lou Donaldson Quartet played the XRIJF a few years ago, the audience couldn't help but notice a second star on the stage. Behind the B-3 organ playing one great solo after another was Osaka, Japan, native Akiko Tsuruga.

    Saturday, June 21 - Schedule

    3:45 p.m.: Brighton High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 4:00 p.m.: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (SOLD OUT)

    Jason Marsalis

    With pianist Ellis Marsalis and his famous sons, Wynton (trumpet), Branford (saxophone), Delfeayo (trombone), and Jason (drums/vibes), the Marsalis family of New Orleans can stake a claim as the first family of jazz. But if that conjures up images of a father and his sons jamming in the living room, well... that's just not how it was.

    Saturday, June 21 - Musician Bios

    78 RPM Big Band Starting out as Oktoberfest band The Happy Wanderers, back in 1973, the 16-piece 78 RPM Big Band is based in classic big band, but often branches out into unique versions of contemporary cuts. (JC) 78rpmband.com

    Sunday, June 22 - Schedule

    3:45 p.m.: West Irondequoit High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 4:30 p.m.: Newark High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Cécile McLorin Salvant

    If you go to hear Cécile McLorin Salvant at Kilbourn Hall, you might find yourself squirming in your seat. McLorin Salvant has no qualms about singing songs like "You Bring Out The Savage In Me," a tune few have dared to touch since Valaida Snow sang it in the 1930's."I've had time to delve into the history of early 20th-century American music, vaudeville, minstrel shows, coon songs, and some jungle music," McLorin Salvant says.

    Sunday, June 22 - Musician Bios

    Benedikt Jahnel Trio With titles of tunes like "Equilibrium" and "Modular Concepts," you might think the Benedikt Jahnel Trio is too cerebral to enjoy the wonder of jazz. On the contrary, the German-born pianist is a joyous player, with a shimmering, melodic sound and a dynamic touch.

    Monday, June 23 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: John Nyerges Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: John Sneider Student Workshop Eastman School of Music (Room 120) (FREE)

    Vijay Iyer

    If you visit the website of pianist-composer Vijay Iyer, you will be greeted with a blurred portrait of a man, vaguely recognizable as Iyer, dashing through an urban landscape. It's a fitting visual metaphor for the frenetic musical journey Iyer has taken over the past two decades.

    Monday, June 23 - Musician Bios

    Bonerama No, it's not a Vanessa Del Rio flick, it's a four-trombone-powered outfit from New Orleans that makes Phil Spector's "wall of sound" seem like a cardboard fence. This 'bone barrage is the brass band equivalent of a muscle car with a horny teenager at the wheel.

    Tuesday, June 24 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: Gabe Condon Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: Sophie Bancroft & Tom Lyne Duo Student Workshop Eastman School of Music Ray Wright Room (Room 120) (FREE)

    Tuesday, June 24 - Musician Bios

    Blind Boy Paxton Despite his abbreviated age, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton is a master of pre-war, acoustic blues. We're talking the storied sounds of Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, and Bessie Smith — to name a few — wrought by a multi-instrumentalist in his mid-20's.

    Wednesday, June 25 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: Mel Henderson and Paradigm Shift Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: Jonathan Gee Eastman School of Music RAY WRIGHT ROOM (Room 120)

    Diane Schuur

    Through the snap, crackle, and pop of a long distance phone call, and suffering from jet lag, Diane Schuur's voice is still absolutely beautiful. She has just returned from an engagement in Osaka, Japan.

    Wednesday, June 25 - Musician Bios

    5Head Rochester madcap ska skanksters 5Head are full of pants-optional hi-jinx and contagious back beat that starts at your feet and ends with you attempting dance moves that would have put Fred Astaire in traction. This band features lighthearted fun played by some of the best musicians this town has.

    Thursday, June 26 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: Nate Rawls Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: Ian Shaw Eastman School of Music (Room 120) (FREE)

    Thursday, June 26 - Musician Bios

    Anders Hagberg Quartet If you caught Yggdrasil in one of its appearances at the XRIJF, you've heard the wonderful range of sounds Swedish musician Anders Hagberg coaxes out of his soprano saxophone and flutes. When he plays the gigantic contrabass flute, it's a thrilling journey, filled with percussive breathing and scat-singing, and sounds like the workings of several musicians.

    Friday, June 27 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: Vince Ercolamento Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: Pat LaBarbera Quartet Eastman School of Music Ray Wright Room (Room 120) (FREE)

    Friday, June 27 - Musician Bios

    Bill Frisell's Guitar In the Space Age Every time Bill Frisell has appeared here, it's been with his eyes on the sonic future; sounds and progressions rarely, if ever heard. This time around, he's got his eye on the origins of his instrument.

    Saturday, June 28 - Schedule

    3:45 p.m.: MCC Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 4:30 p.m.: Webster Schroeder High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    George Thorogood

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    Saturday, June 28 - Musician Bios

    Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys Chuck Mead burst on the scene with the three-time Grammy-nominated retro-hillbilly outfit BR549. With the band officially on hiatus, Mead has focused on a solo career and producing the Broadway hit "Million Dollar Quartet."

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