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Roy HaynesAs one whose DNA can be found in just about every jazz progeny for the past 50 years, it comes as no surprise that The Recording Academy would present legendary jazz drummer, Roy Haynes, with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 53rd Grammy Award ceremony.

Roy Haynes' resume is full of household names and noteworthy achievements; a member of the Charlie Parker Quintet, the John Coltrane Quartet ('60s), and toured or gigged with the likes of Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Thelonious Monk, Art Pepper, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Chick Corea, and Pat Metheny. He's even recorded some of his own albums, including When It Haynes It Roars!, and more recently, Fountain Of Youth, which Haynes recorded just six years ago at the age of 79.

Now 85-years-old (he'll be 86 in March), Haynes is still touring and performing. In fact he spent a  sizeable portion of 2010 in Europe, performing with his band and pianist, Chick Corea. He just recently finished recording a new CD for the Dreyfus label, along with his ensemble and Corea, plus special guest trumpeter, Roy Hargrove.

As a 2011 Lifetime Achievement honoree, Haynes is joined by Dolly Parton, the Ramones, Julie Andrews and the Kingston Trio. He received the award on Saturday, February 12th, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a ceremony prerecorded for broadcast Sunday, February 13th, on CBS.

Although his mantel is already full of shiny accolades, including a "living legacy” award presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. last year, Haynes is awed by this Grammy tribute.

With a long-standing reputation as being one of the sharpest dressers in jazz, as well as an automobile aficionado — tooling around in his Bricklin and ’68 Cadillac Eldorado, Haynes says the lifetime achievement award has caused him to look back on all that he has accomplished.

On the phone from his home on Long Island, NY, Haynes told the Boston Herlad, "It feels good, man, and it’s on and on and on. When they book me in places all over the world, I guess they’re mentioning my age, and what’s happening is that a lot of young ladies say to me, 'You really can’t be in your 80s.' So every day is great. To do something, meet somebody new, perform and have an audience love what you’re doing. It’s been a hell of a life."




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