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Kennedy Center Jazz: Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring trumpeter Jeremy Pelt

Louis Hayes

Louis Hayes

The brothers Julian "Cannonball" Adderley on alto and Nat on cornet led one of the most popular, musical bands of the 1960s. Cannonball had the higher profile, coming off his time with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the top-selling LP Kind of Blue.

The Adderleys' music is still appealing and fresh today. Drummer Louis Hayes is the perfect one to revive it, because when in his early to mid 20s, from 1959 to 1965, Louis lived in that band. He absorbed and energized every note. New-generation trumpeter Jeremy Pelt takes the Nat Adderley parts, and newcomer Julius Tolentino -- sitting in for regular Vincent Herring -- has a big night on the alto with the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, on JazzSet.

Jeremy Pelt, photo by Hans Speekenbrink

Jeremy Pelt, photo by
Hans Speekenbrink

Louis Hayes grew up in Detroit in a fabulous musical era. His first break came when he joined saxophonist Yusef Lateef's group with trombonist Curtis Fuller. Louis was under-age and couldn't continue with the group. In 1956 he moved to New York to work with pianist Horace Silver's new group. Their breakthrough composition was "Señor Blues," later sung by Dee Dee on her own tribute to Horace Silver CD. The big change for Louis came in 1959 when he joined the Adderleys. Bobby Timmons was the pianist. Bassist Sam Jones and Louis locked in so tight that they became the "dynamic duo," and the stayed together to record with guitarist Wes Montgomery and others. Louis still looks and plays so young that these long-ago bands seem contemporary when you're in his presence.

The centerpiece of our set is "Bohemia After Dark," definitively recorded by Cannonball in San Francisco on Live at the Jazz Workshop. But today's recording is Louis Hayes's Maximum Firepower from the Savant label, getting a lot of airplay on jazz stations.


Louis Hayes, drums
Jeremy Pelt, trumpet
Julius Tolentino, alto sax
Rick Germanson, piano
Gerald Cannon, bass


"Work Song" (Nat Adderley)
"Lisa" (Victor Feldman)
"Naturally" (Nat Adderley)
"Bohemia After Dark" (Oscar Pettiford)
"Dat Dere" (Bobby Timmons) features piano, bass, drums


Louis Hayes
Jeremy Pelt
Kennedy Center Jazz

Dr. Billy Taylor is the Artistic Advisor for Kennedy Center Jazz. Kevin Struthers is the Program Manager. Sean Costello is the House Manager for the Kennedy Center Jazz Club.

Duke Markos is the recording engineer, assisted by Mark Barrie and Casey Wolfram of Big Mo Recording. Thanks to Greg Hartman.

Ginger Bruner is Dee Dee Bridgewater's recording engineer at KUNV in Las Vegas.

Producer is Becca Pulliam, Executive Producer is Thurston Briscoe of WBGO in Newark, NJ, and

Copyright 2007 NPR