“A jolt of joy!”
— The New York Times
“There are plenty of talented pianists… but few have Hays’s melodic charms and sense of style.”
— The New Yorker
“Originality, flair for dramatic invention, and outright virtuosity.”
Modern Music (2011, Nonesuch), a two-piano collaboration with Brad Mehldau and composer Patrick Zimmerli, garnered widespread praise, with several works premiered at Carnegie Hall, and tours throughout the US, Europe, and South America. The solo Variations (Pirouet, 2011), was released to excellent reviews throughout North America and Europe and features three sets of improvised variations on several original themes, along with exquisite variations on a fugue by Robert Schumann.
His latest project, the New Day Trio, features bassist Rob Jost and drummer Greg Joseph. Although traditional in instrumentation, the trio’s musical scope and repertoire explores beyond the standard jazz trio, bridging Hays’s love of classical, blues, soul, folk and rock music. The New Day Trio have released two albums – 2015’s New Day and 2016’s North (Sunnyside Records) – and toured throughout the US, Europe, and Japan.