Roy Haynes


“The tune is just an excuse to bring out the you. That’s why I became a jazz musician.”

Jonathan Chimene

To state the obvious, this was a year like no other.

Jonathan Chimene

Roy Haynes, the inexhaustibly propulsive drummer, bandleader and NEA Jazz Master, turns 95 this week, on March 13.

In his honor, we’re devoting this week’s Take Five to a handful of his indelible performances on record and on film. Our announcers chose four of the picks, with a personal story for good measure; our editorial director couldn’t resist making a selection too. Happy listening — and don’t miss the slideshow above, featuring vivid recent photographs by Jonathan Chimene. This one’s for Roy! 

John Rogers / WBGO

In this week's playlist, hybridism reigns.