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Greenfield, Hayes

Greenfield, Hayes, saxophonist, composer, educator, producer; b. Poughkeepsie, NY, 8 July 1957. Hayes' father, Howard, a doctor who pioneered microscopic sinus surgery was born in 1924 in Brooklyn, NY, and mother Edith, a stage, film and TV actress was born in 1929.  Hayes' brother Jim (born, 1955) is a sculpture and percussionist, and sister Nancy (born, 1952) is a prenatal and perinatal therapist.

Since the late '70's, Hayes has lived and been an active member of the New York City Jazz scene. Among his work as a sideman include long time associations with legendary jazz greats Jaki Byard, Rashied Ali, Paul Bley and Barry Altschul among others. Since the mid '80's as a leader, Hayes has recorded and produced several critically acclaimed CD's, All About You (1988), Five for the City (1990), Providence (1992) and Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz (1998).  Hayes' bands have played throughout the US and toured Canada and Europe playing at major jazz festivals, clubs and live radio broadcasts.  Critics have referred to his playing as "lucid, bright and shining, and at times pure genius," and calling Greenfield a "bold, audacious and incisive saxophonist who loves to take risks."

In 1998, Hayes founded Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz, his live interactive jazz show for young people ages 4 to 104, that introduces jazz in a fun, unique and participatory way.  Through jazzing up familiar songs young people are encouraged to join in though call and response, scatting, singing, dancing, interpretive sound, movement and tap dance.  Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz has performed internationally in a variety of venues including jazz festivals, schools, community events, children's museums, libraries, and more.  Hayes' heartfelt 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 has been honored with numerous awards for from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Child Magazine, Publishers Weekly, the Parent's Choice and the American Library Association.

As a composer, Hayes 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 "America Rebuilds, A Year at Ground Zero," which aired on PBS as part of it's 9/11 memorial programming.  His other feature documentary, "Berlin Metamorphoses," premiered in Berlin at the World Congress of History Producers.  Other notable subjects that Hayes has composed scores for include films on the Berlin Airlift; Russia Facing the Future in the New Millennium; luminary figures such as General George Marshal; artists Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and James Rosenquist; architect Philip Johnson; and photographers Elliot Porter and Jan Groover.

Hayes' formal teaching credits include jazz improvisation at Dr. Susan McKinney high school in Brooklyn New York, and helping to develop and teach a Literacy through Jazz curriculum for the New Jersey Chamber Society which is currently being taught in the New Jersey public school system.  Engagements by the New York City Board of Education as a teaching artist where he taught and designed an intensive recorder program for 5th graders, and participated in a violence prevention and conflict resolution program for high school teens as part of the Leadership Program.  For several years, 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 peoples music.  For several years as well, Hayes mentored young men, ages 16 to 22, at Friends of Island Academy, an organization which provides services to those making the transition from jail back to the community.

A filmmaker in his own right, Hayes has produced two award-winning short films.  "For the Children," a film/music video, and "Friends of the Children."  Both films examine many 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 plays Vandoren saxophone mouth pieces and reeds, and is endorsed by Vandoren as a Diamond Elite Educator / Artist.

Contact information:
Hayes Greenfield

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