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What instrument do you play?
Multi- reeds and flute
Who influenced you to listen to jazz
Family members
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My Website
http://http://www.jimmyheath.com
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NY
Tell us about yourself
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

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At 11:38am on August 1, 2014, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…

At 5:10pm on April 29, 2014, Jimmy Heath said…

Jimmy Heath
Diz to Today
By Dan Ouellette
The amiable 87-year-old saxophonist, educator, NEA Jazz Master, big band leader and elder statesman in the Heath Brothers group is optimistic about the future of jazz as he keeps “the continuum” going.

Enjoy the music...

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At 8:59pm on October 21, 2013, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…

At 12:08pm on July 21, 2012, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…

Jimmy Heath features George V Johnson Jr  on "Gingerbread Boy"

Bohemian Caverns

DC Jazz Festival 2011

At 10:43am on February 24, 2012, Andrea Brachfeld said…
Hey Jimmy! You always have been and always will be the best in my book! Great teacher,player, and person. Can't get better than that! Much love. Andrea
At 12:36pm on May 19, 2011, Clayton "Bigtrigger" Corley, Sr said…
Congratulations on being a featured member. You're a true Giant!
At 2:21pm on November 28, 2010, CYNTHIA HOLIDAY said…
Hello Mr. Heath, thanks for inviting me to be your friend. If you recall, I was the emcee for Jazzmobile and had the pleasure of introducing you for your performance at Uptown Grand in Harlem. I look forward to the opportunity to sit-in with your band one day (hint/smile)! All the best to you. ....Cynthia Holiday
At 1:29pm on November 28, 2010, Monica said…
Greetings Mr Health! Thank you for inviting me to be a friend. As you can see, I'm proudly post the picture of you and I at the 2009 North Carolina Central Uni. Jazz Festival every where.

I would love to invite you to Winston Salem NC for a reading of your book and performance; perhaps with you and Albert? I welcome the opportunity to discuss this possibility further. Please contact me at PJAadmin@gmail.com

Regards,
Monica
At 10:26am on November 25, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Jimmy Heath,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage -http://www.miartemartagracielabressi.webs.com/- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

http://pallasatheneas.livejournal.com

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

http://www.mindsofglass.webs.com
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Minds of Glass: ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).


http://cminejazz.com/show/2010/11/12/minds-of-glass

http://martagracielabressistudios.webs.com/

Regards,

Marta

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At 2:46am on November 25, 2010, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…


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