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Vincent Chandler – Trombone
Jeffrey Trent – Saxophone
Keyandra May – Vocals
Corey Kendrick – Piano
Tariq Gardner – Drums


Born in Detroit, MI, a crucible of jazz, Marion Hayden is one of the world’s finest proponents of the acoustic bass. Mentored by master trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, Hayden began performing jazz at the age of 15. She has performed with such diverse luminaries as Sheila Jordan, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Geri Allen, Regina Carter, Steve Turre, George Benson, Gregory Porter and James Carter. She is co-founder of the Grammy nominated jazz ensemble Straight Ahead- the first all woman jazz ensemble signed to Atlantic Records. Hayden adjunct assistant professor in Jazz Dept at U of Michigan School of Music Theatre and Dance and is an Artist in Residence and touring All-Star for the Detroit International Jazz Festival.

Widely recognized as a cultural advocate, Hayden received a 2019 Art X Detroit Performance Grant and the 2018 Knight Arts Foundation Grant for a project encouraging young women in jazz. In 2016 Hayden received the prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship, the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Hero Award , a Special Recognition from the Society of the Culturally Concerned and the Spirit of Detroit Award.

Current projects include:

  • Soweto/ Detroit- Marion Hayden Sextet. Jan 2020 Release
  • Ancestral Haiku: A video installation and inter-disciplinary collaboration with artist M. Saffell Gardner. 2019
  • A Mingus Among Us: 5 Bass Tribute to Charles Mingus. Premiere 2018

Hayden has toured extensively in the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Caribbean.

The Marion Hayden Sextet will be playing at 8.30pm on September 19 (Day 1 of the A2 Jazz Fest)