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Jimmy Heath: Charlie Parker with Strings

Read "Jimmy Heath: Charlie Parker with Strings" reviewed by William Ellis

Jimmy Heath: Langston Hughes Library, Flushing, New York, 30th April 2013 It was impossible to make a choice! This is Charlie Parker with Strings (Mercury Records, 1950)--a compilation of all the Charlie Parker with Strings--not just the one studio performance; there's some live performances. Someone at The Charlie Parker organisation that used to give the benefits for Charlie Parker--the Foundation that his wife started--made this compilation and they gave them out to some of the sponsors ...

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The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra: Jimmy Heath: The Endless Search

Read "Jimmy Heath: The Endless Search" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath is highly respected by his peers and by serious listeners, but he isn't well known outside the jazz world in the way that Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane are. He played with those legends and many more. He formed The Heath Brothers in 1975 with his siblings, drummer Albert “Tootie Heath and bassist Percy Heath, and has penned numerous tunes that have become classics, including “CTA" and “Gingerbread Boy." Like Gillespie before him, he reaches ...

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I Walked With Giants

Read "I Walked With Giants" reviewed by Russ Musto

I Walked with GiantsJimmy Heath/Joseph McLarenSoftcover; 344 pagesISBN: 1439901988Temple University Press2010 The title alone of Jimmy Heath's marvelous memoir speaks volumes about the man. The NEA Jazz Master is himself an acknowledged giant among his peers and his choice to name the book as he did is an indication of both his great humility and self-effacing humor (in this case regarding his height). Heath is a clever ...

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Heath Brothers: Endurance

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Endurance is a fitting word to describe Jimmy and Albert “Tootie" Heath, the veteran mainstreamers whose new release is their first since the death of their brother Percy four years ago. Jimmy Heath, who just celebrated his 83rd birthday, remains a titan on the tenor saxophone (and occasionally the soprano), playing with the relaxed confidence and hard-earned wisdom of a certified jazz master. (The NEA honored him as such in 2003, one year after Percy.) His tone is ...

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May 2008

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Lock 10 at Joe's Pub

Kathy Hendrickson's play Lock 10 is the story of a white guitarist in the 1930s seeking to leave the family business to go on tour with an integrated band. Staged as a period radio play, with actors playing actors voicing roles, it makes for an odd telling. The actors aren't tethered to microphones as they would be in an actual radio production, but they don't quite inhabit their meta-roles either. Strange as well was the ...

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Jimmy Heath Orchestra: Really Big!

Read "Really Big!" reviewed by Joel Roberts

The ten-piece band on this invigorating 1960 Riverside release by Jimmy Heath wasn't “really big, but the talent level of the artists certainly was. How about Clark Terry on trumpet, Nat Adderley on cornet, brother Cannonball on alto sax and either Tommy Flanagan or Cedar Walton on piano? Plus, all three Heath brothers (Jimmy on tenor sax, Percy on bass and Tootie on drums) recording together for one of the first times ever on Jimmy's second date as a leader ...

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The Jimmy Heath Big Band: Turn Up the Heath

Read "Turn Up the Heath" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Back in the early '90s I asked tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath if he planned a followup to his Grammy-nominated album, Little Man Big Band (Verve, 1992). As I recall, he smiled politely but didn't really answer the question. Now he has--and with an exclamation point. Describing how his latest superb album, Turn Up the Heath, came about, Jimmy writes, “The Jazz Masters award [from NEA and IAJE] in 2003 made it possible. As to why: “...there were so many orchestrations ...

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Jimmy Heath: The Professor

Read "The Professor" reviewed by Jim Santella

The Professor is taken from three small-group Landmark sessions of 1974, 1985, and 1987. Jimmy Heath plays tenor on most tracks, alto on “The Voice of the Saxophone," and soprano on “No End" & “Sophisticated Lady." The compilation gets its title from Heath’s ten-year tenure as a professor for The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College; he retired last year. In the liner notes, Joel Dorn reminds us that this music called jazz is passed from generation to ...


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