Jazz Haven presents : Kevin Hays
Get there at 7:00 to get good seating and to socialize
Tickets: $12.50 online / $15.00 at the door
We provide cheese & crackers
Online tickets: http://www.jazzhaven.org/
Jazz Pianist and composer Kevin Hays has now recorded over a dozen CD’s as a leader and has been featured on many recordings as a sideman. His recordings have been listed as among the ‘Top 40 Jazz Releases of the Year’ by Musician Magazine and praised by The New York Times. In the mid-nineties he began recording for Blue Note Records and made several critically acclaimed CD’s for that label.
Over the past 15 years, Kevin has performed widely with his trio that includes bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Bill Stewart. The trio’s first CD in 2001, ‘What Survives’ (recently re-issued on Hays’s own NDS Records) included arrestingly beautiful arrangements of classical works by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Anton Webern along with his own compositions.
In addition to recording and touring with the trio, Kevin has long been considered ‘first call’ by some of the most prominent and influential musicians in Jazz. These include Sonny Rollins, John Scofield, Benny Golson, Roy Haynes, Chris Potter, Al Foster, Joe Henderson and Joshua Redman.
After a 4-year hiatus from recording during which time he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Kevin returned to NY and to the studio. The resulting 2006 recording ‘For Heaven’s Sake’, devoted entirely to The Great American Songbook, received widespread acclaim including being awarded the French ‘Coups de Coeur’ Prize and ‘Best of the Year’ by The New Yorker Magazine.
On his 2009 recording ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, Kevin and the trio brilliantly re-work both Jazz and Folk classics of Carole King, Paul McCartney, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Bob Dorough among others.
On September 20, 2011 Nonesuch Records released ‘Modern Music’, a new piano duo recording with Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays featuring arrangements of some of the great works of the 20th Century including music by Ornette Coleman, Philip Glass and Steve Reich, along with music from the producer of the project, composer Patrick Zimmerli. Several of the arrangements along with new works had their World Premiere in March of 2011 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Hays’s new solo piano CD ‘Variations’ was released in October 2011 on Pirouet Records. The recording features three sets of improvised variations on several original themes along with exquisite variations on a fugue by Robert Schumann.