Louis Hayes

Louis Sedell Hayes ( born May 31, 1937 in Detroit / Michigan) is an American jazz drummer.

Hayes began his professional career as a drummer in 1955-1956 Yusef Lateef. After that, he was until 1959 a member of the Horace Silver Quintet, and 1965 of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet and until 1967 in the Oscar Peterson Trio. He also played on the Blue Note label, Prestige, Riverside and others as a sideman for musicians like John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, JJ Johnson, Jackie McLean, Wes Montgomery, Cedar Walton, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson and McCoy Tyner.

Since the 1970s, he led a number of their own groups, including a quintet with Junior Cook and Woody Shaw. In addition, among its formations musicians like the saxophonist Abraham Burton, trumpeter Riley Mullins, pianist David Hazeltine and bassist Santi Debriano.


  • Louis Hayes, 1960
  • Nippon Soul, 1963
  • Breath of Life, 1974
  • Ichi -Ban, 1976
  • The Real Thing, 1977
  • The Crawl, 1989
  • Una Max 1989
  • Blue Lou, 1994
  • Nightfall, 1994
  • Light and Lively, 1994
  • The Super Quartet, 2000
  • Quintessential Lou, 2000
  • The Candy Man, 2001
  • The Time Keeper 2009