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Jimmy Heath and his Quartet to Play with Temple Jazz Band

Posted October 28, 2013


Philadelphia-born jazz great, Jimmy Heath (tenor and soprano saxophone) and his brother Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums) will perform with the Heath Brothers Quartet, as will the Temple University Jazz Band on November 19 at 7:30 PM at the Temple Performing Arts Center. Terell Stafford, Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies, is the artistic director for the TUJB. A selection of Jimmy Heath's compositions and arrangements will be played by the TUJB followed by a set by the Heath Brothers Quartet. Also playing with the Quartet will be Jeb Patton (Piano) and David Wong (Bass). The concert is FREE and open to the public. No tickets are required. General Seating.


The Heath Brothers have been contributing to the language of jazz since the 1940s. Tenor and soprano saxophonist Jimmy Heath has been on the jazz scene since 1948, along the way performing with jazz icons Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Drummer Albert 'Tootie' Heath first recorded with John Coltrane in 1957 and has been in-demand ever since. The Philadelphia natives’ older brother, bassist Percy Heath passed away in 2005 after a long and prominent career with the Modern Jazz Quartet among others. Contemplating his family’s long-standing presence in jazz history, Jimmy Heath, remarked, "we're lucky enough that [Tootie and I] are still here. Among us, we've got more than 150 years of experience and more than 900 recordings. We've played with the jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, J.J. Johnson, Miles and the Modern Jazz Quartet, that seems to make us the elders of the surviving families of Jazz." Since 1975 The Heath Brothers group has been joined by a rotating cast of the finest young pianist and bassist sidemen.


Heath Brothers

Jimmy Heath (left) and Albert "Tootie" Heath


Program:Temple Univeristy Jazz Band, Terell Stafford, director

Big Swing Face - Bill Potts

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Kern/Harbach Arr. Mossman

Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue - Duke Ellington

Don't get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington

The Very Thought of You - Ray Noble Arr. Nelson Riddle

Cherry Juice - Thad Jones

Fiesta Mojo - Dizzy Gillespie Arr. Jimmy Heath

Ellington's Stray-Horn -Jimmy Heath

A Time and a Place -Jimmy Heath


Heath Brothers Program:TBA