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Jimmy Heath and Joseph McLaren, foreword by Bill Cosby, introduction by Wynton Marsalis "I have long admired Jimmy's passion heard so clearly in his music; he is a soulful musician and a consummate educator. In these pages he gives a new voice to his love of life and music. He once told Dr. Camille Cosby that ‘our history is a mystery,’ so here he pulls back the veil and sets forth a wonderful collection of reminiscences culled from a long life of accumulated wisdom."
—Nancy Wilson, song stylist
Composer of more than 100 jazz pieces, three-time Grammy nominee, and performer on more than 125 albums, saxophonist Jimmy Heath has earned a place of honor in the history of jazz. Over his long career, Heath knew many jazz giants, such as Charlie Parker, and played with other innovators, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and especially Dizzy Gillespie. Along the way, Heath won both their respect and their friendship. In this extraordinary autobiography, the legendary Heath creates a “dialogue” with musicians and family members. As in jazz, where improvisation by one performer prompts another to riff on the same theme, I Walked with Giants juxtaposes Heath’s account of his life and career with recollections from jazz giants about life on the road and making music on the world’s stages. His memories of playing with his equally legendary brothers, Percy and Albert (aka “Tootie”), dovetail with their recollections. Heath reminisces about a South Philadelphia home filled with music and a close-knit family that hosted musicians performing in the city’s then thriving jazz scene. Milt Jackson recalls, “I went to their house for dinner. . . . Jimmy’s father put Charlie Parker records on and told everybody that we had to be quiet till dinner because he had Bird on. . . . When I [went] to Philly, I’d always go to their house.” Today Heath performs, composes, and works as a music educator and arranger. By turns funny, poignant, and extremely candid, Heath’s story captures the rhythms of a life in jazz.
For over 60 years, the legendary Heath Brothers have been synonymous with great jazz. Endurance is their first CD since the passing of their beloved brother, legendary bassist Percy Heath. “The Philly dynasty [of the Heath Brothers] is what you want to hear—family values with fire, yet cooler than cool.” — Village Voice “The Heaths of Philadelphia are true jazz blue-bloods, [but] it’s when these elder statesmen get together that they become rambunctious, playful kids, making mischief in bebop’s backyard.” — Newsday “Keeping the swing faith with a time-honored groove.” — Chicago Tribune “One looks for good news anywhere lately, and the bass and drum-playing Heath Brothers alone—with cleanly articulated, deep, rich bass notes and an easy, funky swing—can supply it.” — Ben Ratliff, New York Times
National Endowment for the Arts Announces the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters
2010 NEA Jazz Masters photo by Frank Stewart Chairman Rocco Landesman, Yusef Lateef, Cedar Walton, George Avakian, Muhal Richard Abrams, Bill Holman, Kenny Barron, Annie Ross, Bobby Hutcherson
photo by Frank Stewart 1st row: George Avakian, James Moody, Gerald Wilson, Candido Camero, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, Joe Wilder, Chico Hamilton, Roy Haynes 2nd row: Cedar Walton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Muhal Richard Abrams, Billy Taylor, Kenny Barron, Ramsey Lewis, George Wein, Tom McIntosh, Frank Wess, Annie Ross 3rd row: Gunther Schuller, Yusef Lateff, David Baker, Dan Morgenstern, Paquito D'Rivera, Buddy De Franco, Bill Holman, Lee Konitz, Bobby Hutcherson, Jimmy Cobb, Randy Weston
Young Jimmy James Edward Heath (born October 25, 1926), nicknamed Little Bird, is an American jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger. He is the brother of bassist Percy Heath and drummer Albert Heath. Read more click here Wikipedia
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,
Wynton Marsalis. In 1948 at the age of 21, he performed in the First International Jazz Festival in Paris with
sharing the stage with Coleman Hawkins,
and Erroll Garner.
One of Heath’s earliest big bands (1947-1948) in Philadelphia included John Coltrane,
Benny Golson, Specs Wright,
and Nelson Boyd. Charlie Parker
and Max Roach sat in on one occasion.
many of which have become jazz standards and have been recorded by other artists including
Clark Terry, Chet Baker,
Jimmy Heath, Milton Jackson, Benny Powell, Joe Newman
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,
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
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 CLICK FOR CAREER HIGHLIGHTSDISCOGRAPHY ARRANGEMENTS PHOTO GALLERY Read More... Look Inside This Book I Walked With Giants: The Autobiography Of Jimmy Heath
The Heath Brothers, James Moody Quartet featuring George V Johnson Jr, Harold Mabern, Todd Coolman & Eddie Gladden. A Live New Years Celebration Broadcast Coast to Coast 1985.
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Opening line from the LP "The Birdland Story"
By George V Johnson Jr. May 5, 1995 I first met James Moody at a tribute to the late
Eddie Jefferson at Carnegie Hall, NYC back in 1979.
A few months early Eddie was tragically killed while leaving "Baker's Keyboard Lounge" in Detroit, Michigan.
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