I borrowed this image from Drummerworld - I wish I could claim it for myself, but I've got to be honest about this stuff.
It's just that I can NOT let this day go by without saluting and saying "Thank You" to Mr Roy Haynes, celebrating his 87th birthday today! And don't I hope I can look this good when I reach 87!! No wonder his band is called "The Fountain of Youth Band" !
Now, pretty much anyone who is a lover of jazz, a fan of drumming, or music, in general, knows this man, who is, in my view, the most energetic, prolific, dynamic, diversified, majestic, magnificent, rapid-firing, smooth-as-silk-with-the brushes, inspiring, amazing drummers ever to come along!
So Happy Birthday Mr Haynes - I love you sir!
Ladies and Gentlemen - please meet Meet Mr Roy Haynes:
"Roy Owen Haynes (born March 13, 1925 in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts) is an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Haynes is among the most recorded drummers in jazz, and in a career lasting more than 60 years has played in a wide range of styles ranging from swing and bebop to jazz fusion and avant-garde jazz. He has a highly expressive, personal style ("Snap Crackle" was a nickname given him in the 1950s) and is known to foster a deep engagement in his bandmates"
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire