Grammy Award winning percussionist and producer, Jeff Haynes has toured extensively with Cassandra Wilson, Lizz Wright, Pat Metheney Group and Harry Belafonte. His versatility as a seasoned multi genre percussionist continues to be part of today's sound with artists representing classical, to world beat to American Folk. Read more.
Pete Seeger: The Storm King was nominated for a Grammy® Award in the best spoken word category, and was awarded the Audie Awards for Most Distinguished Production.
It received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal, it’s a winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award, a Gold Winner by the Parents’ Choice Awards, and a Silver Winner from NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Award).
" Seeger and percussionist/producer Haynes present one of the most original and inspired audiobooks of the last decade with this collection of stories, songs, music, and musings, straight from the mouth and mind of the legendary folk musician himself. Seeger’s words are blended with a variety of world music in what amounts to an unforgettable and groundbreaking listen. As a narrator, Seeger’s tone is raw, edgy, and, at times, visceral, as he recounts his life and times. Seeger captures listener attention from the very beginning and never lets go. A must-listen for fans." Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"This collection features iconic folk singer and social activist Seeger narrating his own spoken-word selections as set to a wide swath of musical styles including classical, American folk, jazz, New Age, and even Tuvan throat singing. It is a credit to producer and percussionist Jeff Haynes that the efforts of over 40 musicians (including Dar Williams and Richie Stearns) are channeled into roles that uniformly support and highlight Seeger’s words throughout. Seeger casually waxes on his travels and the genesis of his poems and songs; his reading is folksy and intimate, projecting all the intelligence and acumen of his remarkable life. VERDICT: An especially interesting and lovely experiment, this program deserves to be heard." Library Journal, Starred Review, Best Media 2013/Best Audio
"This marvelous presentation of Pete Seeger’s words and music is a gift to all lovers of folk music, as well as anyone interested in the history of civil protest in America. The program combines Seeger’s captivating stories about his life and times with some of his most famous songs and well-chosen music from other folk traditions. Producer Jeff Haynes has combined the elements with care, incorporating interesting music--from bluegrass to Celtic to African--that enhances without getting in the way of Seeger’s marvelous reminiscences. Those deservedly hold center stage. Be forewarned that listening will make you smile so much that your face will hurt. Listen anyway. You’ll love every moment." A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
"Sparked by conversations with iconic folk great Pete Seeger, now in his 90s, this truly remarkable recording was conceived and shaped by producer and Grammy-winning artist Jeff Haynes, who provides its subtle, eclectic and evocative musical framework. Seeger’s life and times and passions, eloquently told through reminiscences, poems, spoken word, and songs by Seeger and others, draws the ear and the imagination to small and momentous events both past and present. Compelling and moving, Seeger brings immediacy to the role he has played as a compassionate, torch-bearing activist for civil rights, workers’ rights, environmental conservation, and peace and justice for all—and to his commitment to share and preserve the traditional music of the world’s people. The riches, both light-hearted and sobering, are many.
An extraordinary journey in words and music, this two-CD release encompasses covered wagon treks, the ills of slavery and war, heroes of all stripes, the wonder of talking drums, Seeger’s devotion to his wife of more than 60 years—and all manner of other lessons, encounters and discoveries that have shaped Seeger’s long, eventful life." Parents’ Choice, Gold Award
"Why we like it: Fans of Pete Seeger will welcome this audio collection. His spoken words recount stories, narratives, and poems and it’s set to music created by almost 50 musicians with diverse traditions. Seeger turned 94 in 2013 and this is a fitting tribute to his talents. Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years." NAPPA, National Parenting Publications Awards, Silver Winner
Arts in Education
Jeff Haynes produced and presented "Listen to the Rhythms of Black History February 2014. Enriching and engaging hundreds of New York City school children at the 17th Annual Con Edison-Town Hall Black History Month celebration.