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Marion Hayden; Detroit Legacy


Bassist Marion Hayden presents Detroit Legacy, an ensemble dedicated to the presentation of artistic works representing the city’s great jazz legacy. The ensemble performs the music of living and historic musicians expressing the depth and breadth of jazz— including artists such as Donald Byrd, Dorothy Ashby, Geri Allen, Kenn Cox and Roy Brooks.
many of whom were her mentors and life long creative partners-

Born in Detroit, Marion Hayden, is one of the premier bassists performing on the stages of renowned clubs, festivals, and concert halls throughout the world. Hayden works in the areas of jazz and creative improvisation, informed by the black music traditions of gospel, blues and R&B. She has toured or performed with an extensive list of musical luminaries including Regina Carter, Donald Byrd, George Benson, Nancy Wilson, James Carter, Geri Allen, Hank Jones, Steve Turre, Gregory Porter, Terri Lyne Carrington and poets Melba Joyce Boyd, Gloria House and Jessica Care Moore.

Widely recognized as a standard bearer of cultural and artistic history; Hayden has received a Kresge Fellowship and the Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalists Assoc. She is Grammy nominated with the ensemble Straight Ahead of which she is a co-founder.

As a composer, Hayden’s work is narrative driven and includes compositions on poet Phyllis Wheatley, the biblical book of Ruth and a Solo Bass score for the film The Meaning of Hope.

Committed to training the next generation of musicians, Hayden was Artistic Director for
a 2018 Knight Arts Foundation Grant to encourage young women as jazz artists. She deeply believes in the mentor/ protégé model of learning within a cultural context and is a mentor to young artists across the country. Hayden holds faculty positions at Univ. of Michigan and Oakland University and is a community educator for Michigan State University and the Detroit International Jazz Fest.

Her latest recording “Detroit: Jazz City”, produced by Blue Note President Don Was, features vocalist Sheila Jordan, Marcus Belgrave, James Carter and A. Spencer Barefield.

Detroit is a music community with a “deep bench” which has continued to nurture creative and expressive musicians for generations. In reflection of this Detroit Legacy features veterans John Douglas, trumpet; Vincent Bowen, saxophones/flute and Edward Gooch, trombone with emerging artists Keyandra May, vocals; Michael Malis, piano and Tariq Gardner, drums.

September 7, 2020 11:25 am Monday 9/7 | Absopure Soundstage (42 Degrees N.)
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