Marion Hayden

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Marion Hayden
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Background Information







Years Active

1970's - Present


Double Bass

Associated Acts

Straight Ahead The Modern Jazz Messengers


Marion Hayden grew up in the industrial West Side of Detroit; Her father Herbert Hayden is a jazz pianist . At the age of nine she started taking piano lessons before switching to the double bass at the age of twelve. In the summer program of the Metro Arts she met Wendell Harrison and Marcus Belgrave , who became her teachers; At the age of 15 she already performed with experienced musicians like Charles Boles. Hayden attended Cass Tech High School and graduated from Henry Ford High School, took classes at Michigan State University and then the University of Michigan, gaining a liberal arts degree with a minor in entomology. She took a position with the Michigan Department of Agriculture while working the nightclub circuit playing jazz with Belgrave, pianist Charles Boles, Teddy Harris, Jr., the Jimmy Wilkins Orchestra, Buddy Budson, LaMonte Hamilton, saxophonist George Benson, Marvin "Doc" Holladay, Randy Gelispie, Donald Walden, Kenn Cox, and Stan Booker.

Marion is a founding member of the band Straight Ahead and is a Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation at The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

With Straight Ahead she has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and released three albums at Atlantic and two on their own label Straight Ahead Recordings.



With Straight Ahead

  • City Cuts (2005)
  • Best Of (2004)
  • Dance of the Forest Rain (1995) Amazon
  • Body & Soul (1993) Amazon
  • Look Straight Ahead (1991) Amazon


External Links

Music & Interview with Marion Hayden on WEMU 89.1