Hayes 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 Vienna, 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.
In 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. Read More
“An Inspired, open-minded, risk taking improviser with a pungent tone and a penchant for melodicism…”
– Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
“Hayes Greenfield blows aggressive, hard-edged alto…with an immediate and even adventurous élan.”
-Robert Doerschuk, Downbeat
“Hayes Greenfield explores the wide-ranging fields that encompass modern jazz. Hos alto saxophone sounds off with breathtaking tirades that thrill.”
-Jim Santella, All About Jazz