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  Vermont Jazz Center - Jimmy Heath   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Jimmy Heath may be small in size, but he's a giant in jazz.
Jimmy Heath was born on October 25, 1926 in Philadelphia, home to many great saxophonists such as John Coltrane, Benny Golson and Ray Bryant.
Jimmy spent four years in Gillespie's orchestra where he was not only a player, but also an arranger and a composer.
www.vtjazz.org /bios/heath.html   (279 words)

 NYPL, Video Gallery Cataloging Data: Jimmy Heath
Heath met Philly Joe Jones, was influenced by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, and explains how the bebop musicians at that time were trying to advance the harmonic language of their music.
Heath interjects by describing his younger years in Philadelphia with the big bands; the Schillinger Method he studied later with Rudolf Schramm at Carnegie Hall; and his first recorded piece, Maggie's Draw (1948, in Paris); and his CTA which was recorded by Miles Davis in 1953.
Heath concludes the interview by describing his parents and the influence they had in his life and by expressing the tremendous amount of respect and appreciation he has for them.
www.nypl.org /research/sc/scl/MULTIMED/JAZZHIST/jhcat.htm   (875 words)

 Whitworth Press Release - Jimmy Heath Concert
Heath, along with his brothers and fellow musicians Percy and Albert "Tootie" Heath, hails from Philadelphia, where he began his music career just out of high school in the late 1940s as an alto saxophonist.
Heath's career highlights include Grammy nominations in 1980 for the Heath Brothers' "Live at the Public Theatre" (Columbia Records) and in 1993 for "Little Man Big Band" (Verve Records), which was produced by Bill Cosby.
For Heath, music is as vital and energizing in the 21st century as it was throughout the last half of the 20th.
www.whitworth.edu /News/2002_2003/Fall/JimmyHeathConcert.htm   (685 words)

 NEA Jazz Masters JimmyHeath
The Heaths of Philadelphia via North Carolina roots, include bassist Percy, and drummer Albert, and it was Jimmy who pointed the way towards mastering careers in music for both of his siblings.
Jimmy eventually left the dusty trail with Towles, spent a brief period leading his own band, then went back to Philly, at a time when older brother Percy had returned from the service and sought to play music himself.
Jimmy's tunes were engaged in the 60s by such bandleaders as Gillespie, Davis, Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Billy Taylor, Milt Jackson, Yusef Lateef, Blue Mitchell, and several of the European radio big bands.
www.iaje.org /bio.asp?ArtistID=67   (656 words)

 Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center | Guest Artist
Jimmy Heath began his saxophone exploits on the alto saxophone in the 1940s.
Jimmy talks in glowing terms about the training he received from Gillespie and his chief arranger, Gil Fuller.
Along with a steady dose of Heath's wonderful sound on the sax, the audience is treated to his original compositions, including "Ellington's Stray Horn," a piece he wrote to honor Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's unique writing partnership.
www.npr.org /programs/btaylor/archive/heath.html   (456 words)

 Juilliard | The Juilliard Journal Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Jimmy, the middle brother, started playing alto sax when he was 14 and, after high school, began to play in local bands and tour with bandleader Nat Towles.
Heath continues to participate in workshops and clinics throughout the country, and last semester guest-taught a class in improvisation at Juilliard's Institute for Jazz Studies.
Heath's numerous honors and awards are the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Foundation of America, the Living Legends of Jazz Award from the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia, and an appointment to the board of trustees of the Thelonious Monk Institute, along with the Institute's Founders Award.
www.juilliard.edu /update/journal/478journal_substory_0205.asp   (683 words)

 Bio, Jimmy Heath > School of Music > University of Louisville
Thus Jimmy can be listed (along with John Coltraneand many others) as among those who moved away from alto to tenor because they felt--in one way or another--the shadow of Charlie Parker across their path.
Jimmy has also co-led a group with Kenny Dorham; and in the summer of 1959, when Miles was briefly without the services of Coltrane, he quickly called for Heath.
In the recent past, Jimmy Heath tunes have been featured and recorded by Miles, Dizzy and Chet Baker, and he is now concentrating to an even greater degree on writing.
www.louisville.edu /music/jazz/jimmy_heath_bio.html   (356 words)

 Juilliard | The Juilliard Journal Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Heath knows what works because he has spent more than a half-century listening with a composer's ear while either leading or sitting in jazz bands of all sizes.
Heath's music is suffused with the same wit, rigor, and lack of sentimentality that he exhibits as a human being.
This is a golden era for jazz when we can celebrate men like Jimmy Heath, who are still in their prime, and hear their music interpreted by a band whose median age is six decades younger chronologically—but certainly not spiritually.
www.juilliard.edu /update/journal/j_articles412.html   (649 words)

 Jimmy Heath Photojournalist | ABOUT
Jimmy Heath is a photographer and community activist living and working in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
At the Drop Inn Center, Jimmy Heath found hope and recovery and a new direction for his life and inspiration for his photography as a community activist and documentarian.
Jimmy Heath presents a slide show and lecture featuring his photographs and a discussion of his life and experiences in Over-the-Rhine to schools, churches and community groups.
www.jimmyheath.org /about.html   (656 words)

 Jimmy Heath - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
James Edward Heath (born October 25, 1926), nicknamed Little Bird, is an American jazz tenor saxophonist, and the brother of bassist Percy Heath and drummer Tootie Heath.
In 1975 he and his brothers formed the Heath Brothers.
Jimmy Heath biography @ National Endowment for the Arts
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jimmy_Heath   (225 words)

 N.E.A. Jazz Master Jimmy Heath to Perform with the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble Saturday, May 14
For the past three decades, Heath has performed regularly with his brothers, Percy and Albert, as the Heath Brothers, a band that often includes contributions from his son Mtume, a noted percussionist, composer, and rhythm-and-blues producer.
"We're thrilled to have a living legend like Jimmy Heath at Oberlin, to say the least," says Professor of Jazz Studies Wendell Logan, who will be conducting the OJE during their Saturday performance.
Heath retired from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in 1998, where he served as a Professor of Music for more than 11 years.
www.oberlin.edu /newserv/05mar/jimmyHeathRelease.html   (387 words)

 Jimmy: Reviews, Discography, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com
Originally a Cobblestone LP titled The Gap Sealer, this was Jimmy Heath's first chance to lead his own record date since the collapse of the Riverside label in 1964.
Heath, heard on tenor, soprano and flute, performs four of his originals, a song by percussionist Mtume (his son), and the standard "Invitation." As it turns out, none of the material is all that memorable, and Kenny Barron's use of electric keyboards waters down his distinctive style.
Heath, who is also joined by electric bassist Bob Cranshaw, Mtume, and brother Al "Tootie" Heath on drums, stretches himself in places and is in fine form, but this is a fairly forgettable effort overall.
www.music.com /release/jimmy/1   (257 words)

 Jimmy Heath   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
The history of jazz is strewn with familial relationships: the Jones brothers, the Marsalis clan, the Montgomery brothers, the Adderley brothers, the Brubeck brood, Ellington pere et fils and others whose hearts beat in that swinging tempo that makes jazz precious to all of us.
This week, Jimmy Heath, middle brother to bassist Percy Heath and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, celebrates his 75th birthday on October 25.
Jimmy's resume, like those of his brothers, is impressive and exhibits a string of musical associations that would make any musician envious.
www.skyjazz.com /commentaries/heath.htm   (519 words)

 National Initiatives: NEA Jazz Masters - Jimmy Heath
The second of the illustrious Heath Brothers to receive an NEA Jazz Master Fellowship (bassist Percy received the award in 2002), Jimmy was the first Heath to choose music as a career path.
In the early 1950s, Heath switched to tenor sax and briefly occupied Coltrane's place in Miles Davis' band in 1959.
Since the mid-1970s, Jimmy has been teaming up with brothers Percy and Albert "Tootie" as the Heath Brothers, a band which has also at times included contributions from Jimmy's son, the noted percussionist, composer, and rhythm-and-blues producer, Mtume.
www.nea.gov /national/jazz/masterbios/jimmyheath.html   (402 words)

 Jimmy Heath
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 100 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.
dizzygillespie.org /artistpages/heathframe.htm   (364 words)

 Jimmy Heath News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Before everyone knew about the Marsalis Brothers, the greatest jazz siblings were the Heath Brothers - ' Percy Heath, Jimmy Heath, and the youngest of the group, Albert "Tootie:" Heath.
Among the many activities still dotting Jimmy Heath's schedule at age 79 are the kinds of appearances he will make at the Indy Jazz Fest on Saturday.
From left, Pat Martino, Joey DeFrancesco, Jimmy Heath and Duane Eubanks in a Jazz at Lincoln Center tribute to the jazz of Philadelphia.
www.topix.net /who/jimmy-heath   (650 words)

 Jimmy Heath cds, vinyl records and music albums (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab1.netlab.uky.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Jimmy Heath cds and Jimmy Heath records can be found on the label Steeplechase Records.
Jimmy Heath may be one of jazz history's most underrated soloists.
Heath builds his solos from a strong base of Swing, Bop, and blues ideas and feelings.
www.musicstack.com.cob-web.org:8888 /search/jimmy+heath   (400 words)

 In the classroom with photographer Jimmy Heath
Heath, a 48-year-old Over-the-Rhine resident who grew up in the Tri-County area, is a high school dropout who got his GED in his early 20s and went on to build himself a successful career with a camera.
By all accounts, Heath's recovery is complete, though he still refers to himself as a sober alcoholic.
Heath buys what he can when he can, but his job as editor of Street Vibes, the newspaper produced and sold by the homeless on streets around town, doesn't pay a bundle.
www.enquirer.com /editions/2003/05/18/tem_peop18lede.html   (915 words)

 Celebrating Philadelphia: City of Brotherly Jazz
Jimmy Heath, contemplating on the family legacy, remarked "We've got more than 150 years of experience and more than 900 recordings.
Jimmy Heath Long recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist and a magnificent composer and arranger, Jimmy Heath is middle brother of the legendary Heath Brothers (the late Percy Heath/bass and Tootie Heath/drums).
Tootie currently performs worldwide with the Heath Brothers band, and is the leader of The Whole Drum Truth, an all-percussion ensemble of legendary jazz drummers.
afgen.com /philly_jazz.html   (1042 words)

 Buster Williams and Jimmy Heath
This Sunday, in anticipation of his 69th birthday on October 25, Heath leads a quartet with Tony Purrone on guitar, Ben Brown on bass, and Akira Tana on drums at Zanzibar Blue.
In February, Jimmy will be awarded a Living Legend of Jazz award at the PECO Energy Jazz Festival, an honor which he richly deserves.
Jimmy Heath Quartet at Zanzibar Blue, 305 S. 11th St., Sun., Oct. 15 at 7 and 9:30p.m.
www.citypaper.net /articles/101295/article030.shtml   (386 words)

 Jimmy Heath jazzes up the local scene
But a look at his career shows Heath is a living link to some of the lost jazz musicians of the past such as Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis.
"Jimmy Heath is a first generation disciple of Charlie Parker," adjunct professor of music and saxophonist Rick Hirsch said.
Heath is also known as a composer and teacher.
www.collegian.psu.edu /archive/2003/07/07-22-03tdc/07-22-03darts-02.asp   (652 words)

 Jimmy Heath @ The Jazz Files   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Jimmy Heath (born 1926) is the middle and the most versatile of the three Heath brothers (Albert "Tootie" and Percy the others).
Often called "Little Bird" because of the similarity in his playing to Charlie Parker, Heath switched to tenor in the early '50s and continued recording with leading names such as Clifford Brown and J.J. Johnson.
In the 1960s, Heath frequently teamed up with Blue Mitchell, Freddy Hubbard, Milt Jackson and Art Farmer, and he also worked as an educator and a freelance arranger.
www.thejazzfiles.com /JazzHeath.htm   (225 words)

 Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/17/2006 | Sax man Jimmy Heath, 80, celebrating jazz and life   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Besides his sophistication on the tenor sax - "if you know Jimmy Heath, you know bop," Dizzy Gillespie once gushed - the Grammy-nominated musician has played with such greats as Miles Davis and John Coltrane and is a highly regarded composer and arranger.
Mona Heath believes that teaching connected her husband to new generations of musicians and kept him relevant.
Heath plans to do a hip-hop/big band record with his son and grandson, Faulu Mtume, who manages Philadelphia neo-soul singer Bilal.
www.philly.com /mld/philly/entertainment/15775777.htm   (752 words)

 Jimmy Heath - Free Music Downloads, Videos, Lyrics, CDs, MP3s, Bio, Merchandise and Links
In the 1960s, Heath frequently teamed up with Milt Jackson and Art Farmer, and he also worked as an educator and a freelance arranger.
During 1975-1982, Jimmy Heath teamed up with brothers Percy and Tootie in the Heath Brothers, and since then has remained active as a saxophonist and writer.
In addition to his earlier Riverside dates, Jimmy Heath has recorded as a leader for Cobblestone, Muse, Xanadu, Landmark, and Verve.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/music/artist/bio/0,,442630,00.html   (344 words)

 Jimmy Heath Biography
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.
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.
www.jimmyheath.com /biography.html   (2229 words)

 Honoring a Jazz Legend: Temple University to celebrate Jimmy Heath's 80th birthday in concert at the Kimmel Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-15)
Legendary saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator, Philadelphia’s own Jimmy Heath will return to his hometown to perform with the Temple University Jazz Band at a concert celebrating his 80th birthday on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets.
“Jimmy Heath is nothing less than a living jazz legend,” said Terell Stafford, director of Temple’s Jazz Band and professor and director of jazz studies at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance.
Following the Oct. 17 concert honoring Jimmy Heath, the Jazz Studies Program will mark its 25th anniversary year at Temple University with a series of other performances and master classes, concluding with a two-day musical celebration in April, 2007.
www.temple.edu /temple_times/september06/JimmyHeath.html   (778 words)

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