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  • Jimmy Heath

     

    JIMMY HEATH has long been recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist and a magnificent composer and arranger.  Jimmy is the middle brother of the legendary Heath Brothers (Percy Heath/bass and Tootie Heath/drums), and is the father of Mtume.   He has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years, from Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis.  In 1948 at the age of 21, he performed in the First International Jazz Festival in Paris with McGhee, sharing the stage with Coleman Hawkins, Slam Stewart, and Erroll Garner.  One of Heath’s earliest big bands (1947-1948) in Philadelphia included John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Specs Wright, Cal Massey, Johnny Coles, Ray Bryant, and Nelson Boyd.  Charlie Parker and Max Roach sat in on one occasion.

     

     

    During his career, Jimmy Heath has performed on more than 100 record albums including seven with The Heath Brothers and twelve as a leader.  Jimmy has also written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards and have been recorded by other artists including Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie J.J Johnson and Dexter Gordon.  Jimmy has also composed extended works - seven suites and two string quartets - and he premiered his first symphonic work, “Three Ears,” in 1988 at Queens College (CUNY) with Maurice Peress conducting.

     

     

    After having just concluded eleven years as Professor of Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Heath maintains an extensive performance schedule and continues to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada.  He has also taught jazz studies at Jazzmobile, Housatonic College, City College of New York, and The New School for Social Research.  In October 1997, two of his former students, trumpeters Darren Barrett and Diego Urcola, placed first and second in the Thelonious Monk Competition.

     

     

    Heath’s enduring dedication to jazz as well as his musicianship prompted the following tributes:

     

     

    “All I can say is, if you know Jimmy Heath, you know Bop.”   — Dizzy Gillespie

    “Trane was always high on Jimmy’s playing and so was I. Plus, he was a very hip dude to be with, funny and clean and very intelligent. Jimmy is one of the thoroughbreds.”   — Miles Davis

     

     

    “My pick from the world’s talent would be Diz as leader, John Lewis or Hank Jones on piano, Ray Brown bass, Milt Jackson vibes, Jimmy Heath tenor, and Sonny Stitt alto.”    — Kenny Clarke

     

     

    “I had met Jimmy Heath, who - besides being a wonderful saxophonist - understood a lot about musical construction.  I joined his group in Philadelphia in 1948.  We were very much alike in our feeling, phrasing and a whole lot of other ways.  Our musical appetites were the same.  We used to practice together, and he would write out some of the things we were interested in.  We would take things from records and digest them.  In this way, we learned about the techniques being used by writers and arrangers.”   — John Coltrane, Downbeat, 1960

     

     

     

    Grammy Nominations 

     

    • Received Grammy nomination for box set liner notes of The Heavyweight Champion, John Coltrane, the Complete Atlantic Recordings (Rhino), 1995.
    • Received Grammy nomination for Little Man Big Band (Verve), produced by Bill Cosby, 1994 
Received Grammy nomination for Live at the Public Theatre (Columbia), with The Heath Brothers, 1980.
    • Participated on panel, Rhythm and Myth, The Paintings of Bob Thompson, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, October 6, 1998; discussion to examine how Thompson painted using the rhythms and improvisational techniques of jazz; part of an overall workshop focusing on mythology, symbolism, jazz, color, relationship between art, literature, and music, and the social and historical context in which Thompson (1937 – 1966) painted.
    • Participated on panel, Windows and Mirrors: African - American and Jewish American Connections in Jazz, with Artie Shaw, Joe Wilder, Loren Schoenberg, David N. Baker, and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (moderator), at the DC Jewish Community Center’s Cecile Goldman Theater in Washington, DC, July 19, 1998; panel supported concerts that were performed at the Lincoln Theatre and that featured the music of four of the twentieth century’s most celebrated African -American and Jewish jazz artists: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw.
    • Hosted Jazz Talk for Jazz at Lincoln Center, “To Be or Not To Bop,” a behind-the-scenes look at Dizzy Gillespie’s small band music and the birth of Bebop, December 2, 1997.
    • Completed Interview, Smithsonian Institution’s Oral History Program, March 4, 1995.
    • Participated in Louis Armstrong Oral History Project at the Schomberg Center, New York City, July 17, 1996.

     

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