Haynes the Musician.
Kevin Haynes performed his first jazz gig as a percussionist with the
flautist Phil Bent and his band. After a few shows with Phil's band saxophonist
Steve Williamson asked Haynes to do some shows with his band. Haynes worked
with the Wiliamson band from 1987 to
1993. During those 5 years Kevin started to meet and perform with
other young and older jazz musicians in London. Those include: Clifford
Jarvis, Ed Jones, The Jazz Warriors, Ed Bently, Jean Toussaint, Alan Weeks,
Dick Heckstall-Smith, Courtney Pine, Clade Deppa, Orphy Robinson, Alex
Wilson, David Jean-Baptist, Roger Boujale, David Puttman, Wiliam Cumberbache.
1990. Haynes began percussion classes with
Baba Sheder, Director of Osumare Brazilian Theatre Company. 1993
He went to Havana, Cuba, to study Afro Cuban Folkloric music and dance,
Making five more trips to Cuba in 94, 96, 97,
99 and 2003. While in Cuba Haynes studied with Angelo Bolanos,
Armando Aballi Fundor and Rehino, founders of the Conjunto
Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, the foremost state-sponsored troupe
in both Cuba and abroad, performing Afro-Cuban traditional dance and
music. He also studied with percussionists Millan Gali Rivery from
Santiago de Cuba, on the eastern part of the island, and Octavio Rodriguez
1994. Performed with saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith's
band as a saxophonist
and percussionist. Later this year
Haynes formed his band Grupo Elegua and
first performed at the Battersea Arts Canter and the Jazz Cafe.
In 1995 Haynes went to New York and spent
some time studying and playing with Felipe Villamil and his group Emikeke.
This legendary ensemble had been founded in the 1950s in the town of Matanza,
which is considered the cradle of Afro-Cuban traditions.
During this time in the Big Apple Haynes further developed his musicianship
by participating in jam sessions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well
as performing Quartet gigs around New York City.
records three albums and gigs around the UK.
1998 Haynes tours Nigeria with British R&B
star Caron Wheeler.
2002-2003 Haynes tours Europe
repeatedly with Nigerian musician Keziah Jones as percussionist and saxophone
Haynes on recording sessions.
1989 Ed Jones's the homecoming on Acid Jazz
Steve Wiliamson 'A Waltz for Grace' on Verve Records.
1990 - David Jaen-Baptist 'Grooving on a
1994 - Vaughan Hawthorne's the Gift. TLM
Wiliam Cumberbache 's Tumbaito Otros tiempos on Viceroy Records
1997 - Alan Weeks music on Japanese Records.
1998 - Neil Sparks. Interchil Records
2000 - Kevin Haynes Recordings. One track
from a compilation LP from Jazz on CD magazine, titled 'Takin Off' track
name - 'Walking in the Right'.
1995 - Haynes recorded a compilation track
for EMI records titled 'Do The Bar Thing', track name - 'Bebopper'.
1997 Haynes recorded Grupo Elegua's first
album 'Tomorrows Path' with Native Music Records.
2001 - Haynes recorded a Yoruba Folkloric
music LP entitled 'Iwori Osa' on Oduniyi Records.
2002. Ori Ire is released by Oduniyi Records
& Musical Education.
North London College a City & Guilds Performing Arts course in drama
1988- 89. Kingsway
College for music theory courses
saxophone classes at Islington Arts Community Center.
Oshumare Brazilian Folkloric theater company, Afro International a Dance
company performing music & dance from Ghana and Nigeria
1991-92. Dance Company 7, Afro Caribbean
and contemporary dance