Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz has a new opener
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – When this week’s 2009 Summer of Jazz concert series opener unexpectedly canceled, organizer Bob Noone turned to local jazz drummer Bob Levey for some help, which in turn helped Noone fulfill a promise.
Noone had called Levey early last week looking to line up some percussion help for this Wednesday’s opening concert in the free eight-week Summer of Jazz series, which was to have been the Robert Glasper Trio.
“He asked me, ‘When are you going to have Louis Hayes?'” Noone said of Levey’s standing request that the former drummer for Cannonball Adderley and several other famous jazz musicians be invited to play the Summer of Jazz.
“I told him, maybe next summer,” Noone said.
“Not even 24 hours later I got word that Glasper had another commitment and had to cancel,” Noone said. “I immediately called Bob back.”
Levey, who is the son of the late jazz drummer Stan Levey, put Noone in touch with Hayes’ manager, Mary Scott, who is the widow of another late jazz great, Ronnie Scott.
Turned out Hayes was up for a favor of his own, especially for a good friend.
“I called Louis yesterday and he said he would be out for me in a second,” Bob Levey wrote in an e-mail after the date was confirmed.
Pays to have contacts.
So, it will be the Louis Hayes Quartet that will open the 2009 Summer of Jazz, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Two Rivers Park.
The band will be performing a tribute to Cannonball Adderley, with whom Hayes played from 1959-65 before going on to play alongside the likes of Oscar Peterson, Junior Cook, Woody Shaw, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon and Freddie Hubbard.
“Do not miss this concert,” Levey wrote in his e-mail. “This man helped create the jazz style known as hard bop, and helped put the Cannonball Adderley Band on the map with his beat and his groove.”
“He ain’t no downstream beer,” adds Wick Moses, KDNK radio jazz aficionado, who will lead a preconcert discussion during a special lunch hour preview of the evening’s performance.
The preconcert discussions will take place every Wednesday at noon during the Summer of Jazz, at the Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center on Blake Avenue.
Hayes was best known for supporting soloists rather than taking the spotlight himself, according to a biography found on http://www.allmusic.com.
He led a band in his native Detroit as a teenager before hooking up with Yusef Lateef in 1955 and Horace Silver, playing in his quartet from 1956-59.
“Since the 1990s, he has continued to remain active releasing such albums as ‘Louis at Large’ in 1996, ‘Quintessential Lou’ in 2000, and ‘Dreamin’ of Cannonball’ in 2002.”
The free Summer of Jazz concerts take place in Two Rivers Park, rain or shine. No dogs or glass containers are allowed in the concert venue.
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