Be sure to catch the Grammys this weekend as the legendary Roy Haynes adds to his list of noteworthy achievments. He’ll join Dolly Parton, the Ramones, Julie Andrews and the Kingston Trio as a Grammy award Lifetime Achievement honoree. He receives the award on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a ceremony prerecorded for broadcast Sunday on CBS.
It’s a tribute that awes even Haynes, who already has a mantel full of brassy hardware, including a “living legacy” award presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. last year.
On the phone from his home on Long Island, NY, Haynes told the Boston Herald he had an inkling something was up when the Recording Academy called to tell him he’d be hearing from their president and CEO, Neil Portnow.
Haynes, born in 1925 (!) has been swinging since 1944, when he made his professional debut at the age of seventeen in his native Boston.
You go Roy, and thanks for providing some beautiful playing for all these years.