Edgar Hayes

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Edgar Junius Hayes (May 23, 1902 – June 28, 1979) was an American jazz pianist and bandleader. Edgar Hayes_sentence_0

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Hayes attended Wilberforce University, where he graduated with a degree in music in the early 1920s. Edgar Hayes_sentence_1

In 1922 he toured with Fess Williams, and formed his own group, the Blue Grass Buddies, in Ohio in 1924. Edgar Hayes_sentence_2

In 1925 he played with Lois Deppe, and later in the decade led the groups Eight Black Pirates and the Symphonic Harmonists. Edgar Hayes_sentence_3

From 1931 to 1936 Hayes played in and arranged for the Mills Blue Rhythm Band. Edgar Hayes_sentence_4

From 1937 to 1941 Hayes again led his own orchestra; Kenny Clarke was among his sidemen. Edgar Hayes_sentence_5

His most popular recording was a version of the song "Stardust" and the original recording of "In the Mood" which was later covered by Glenn Miller, both songs were recorded in 1938. Edgar Hayes_sentence_6

He moved to California in 1942, and led a quartet there for most of the decade. Edgar Hayes_sentence_7

Following this he played solo, continuing to perform live into the 1970s. Edgar Hayes_sentence_8

Hayes recorded under his own name in 1937-38, 1946, 1947, 1948, and 1960. Edgar Hayes_sentence_9

He died in San Bernardino, California, in 1979. Edgar Hayes_sentence_10


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