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Jimmy Heath

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: October 25, 1926    

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....
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  • Jimmy Heath: The Endless Search

    Origin Records
    2010
  • Endurance

    Jazz Legacy Productions
    2009
  • Really Big!

    Riverside
    2007
  • Turn Up the Heath

    Planet Arts
    2006
  • The Time & The Place

    HighNote
    1994
  • Nice People - The Riverside Collection

    HighNote
    1988
  • Peer Pleasure

    HighNote
    1987
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Origin Records (2010)

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