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.
Hayes’ jazz CD for children, 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."
As an educator, from 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 community.
Hayes' residencies include teaching jazz improvisation on
both coasts to both elementary and high school students, designing and teaching
an intensive recorder program for 5th graders, and helping to develop a
Literacy Through Jazz curriculum for the New Jersey Chamber Society that is
currently being taught in New Jersey private and public schools.
As a film 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 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.
Hayes Greenfield is both a Yamaha and Vandoren performing
artist, and proudly plays a Yamaha Custom Z alto saxophone, and Vandoren
mouthpieces and reeds on all his horns.