COLUMN 105, MAY 1, 2004
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Greenfield " producer, composer, saxophonist, filmmaker, bandleader, and
educator " has been active on the New York City jazz scene since the late
"70s. As sideman, he has built enduring associations with such notable artists
as Jaki Byard, Rashied Ali, Paul Bley, Barry Altschul, and Richie Havens. As
bandleader, Hayes has recorded and produced a number of critically acclaimed CDs
and played throughout the U.S. and Canada, headlining in such popular New York
City clubs as the Blue Note, Birdland, the Knitting Factory, and CBGB's.
European tours have taken him and his bands to the Aalen Jazz Festival in
Germany, Brighton Jazz Festival in the U.K., the Albi, Coutances, Bordeaux,
Amiens, Hyeres, and Avignon Jazz Festivals in France, and the Aarhus Jazz
Festival in Denmark. Critic Stanley Crouch calls Hayes Greenfield, "one of the
musicians whose grasp of the jazz fundamentals makes him a trooper dedicated to
the continuation of the music as an art."
1997, Hayes founded Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz,
his live, interactive show for young people that introduces jazz in a fun,
unique, and participatory way. While Hayes and his band jazz up familiar songs,
young people are encouraged to join in through call-and-response, scatting,
singing, interpretive sound, movement, conducting, and tap dance. Says Hayes,
"What I am trying to do with Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz is to show kids how much fun they
can have with jazz. To stretch
their ears and minds to the magic and joys of improvisation in a way that
enables kids to embrace this beautiful music and make it their own.
When I get done with them they leave chanting, singing and knowing that
jazz is alive and well and not old foggie music." Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz
plays internationally in a variety of venues, including festivals, performing
arts centers, schools, community events, and museums.
jazz CD for children, also entitled Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz,
features vocalists Richie Havens and Miles Griffith and was produced by the
artist Roy Lichtenstein and his wife Dorothy. This CD was honored with the
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, Child Magazine's "Best of the
Year? award, the Publishers Weekly "Listen Up? award, the
Parents? Choice Foundation Silver Honor Award, and the American Library
Association Notable Children's Recording Award.
has scored more than 60 films, documentaries, commercials, and TV specials, many
of which have received awards, including the prestigious Emmy. In 2002, Hayes
scored the feature documentary American
Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero, which aired on PBS as part of its 9/11
memorial programming. Berlin Metamorphoses,
another feature documentary, premiered in Berlin at the 2002 World Congress of
History Producers. Other notable subjects for which Hayes has composed scores
include films on the Berlin Airlift; Russia facing the future in the new
millennium; luminary figures such as General George Marshall; artists Roy
Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and James Rosenquist; architect Philip Johnson; poet
laureate Billy Collins; and photographers Elliot Porter and Jan Groover.
1993 to 2000, Hayes ran the music department at The Door, an enrichment center
for inner-city youth in New York City. He developed the music component for an
entrepreneurial program funded by The Gap, designed the recording/rehearsal
studio and MIDI workstation production facility, taught music, and produced The
Door's first CD of young people's music. For several of those years, Hayes
also mentored young men at Friends of Island Academy, an organization providing
services to those making the transition from incarceration back to the
an educator, Hayes recently taught jazz improvisation at Dr. Susan McKinney High
School in Brooklyn, New York and IS 162 Elementary School in the Bronx. He
helped to develop a Literacy Through Jazz curriculum for the New Jersey Chamber
Society that is being taught in New Jersey private and public schools. Other
projects have included designing and teaching an intensive recorder program for
5th graders at PS 117 in Queens and teaching a violence prevention
and conflict resolution program for high school teens at Seward Park High School
in lower Manhattan as part of the Leadership Program.
filmmaker, as well, Hayes Greenfield has produced two award-winning short films:
For the Children, a film/music video,
and Friends of the Children.
Both films examine problems facing American youth in today's society and
investigate ways that caring adults and community programs have helped shape
young people's lives in positive and productive ways.
Hayes Greenfield plays Vandoren saxophone mouthpieces and reeds, and is endorsed by Vandoren as a Diamond Elite Educator/Artist. ##
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