Before & After: Jimmy Heath

IMG_9105You can learn a lot about jazz hanging with Jimmy Heath. The saxophonist, arranger and bandleader has worked with nearly every important jazz musician of the post-war period, and his many compositions, including the jazz standards “Gingerbread Boy” and “C.T.A.,” are performed and recorded around the world. The Philly-born, NEA Jazz Master spent many years teaching, and he’s shared a lifetime of behind-the-scenes stories in his recent autobiography, I Walked With Giants. He is still actively playing and recording, and his latest release with his younger brother Tootie is The Heath Brothers: Endurance (JLP). This B&A was conducted in front of a live audience at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

1. James Moody

“I’m In The Mood For Love ” (from The Very Best of Prestige). Moody, alto sax; Leppe Sundwal, trumpet; Thore Swanerud, piano; Yngve Akerberg, bass; Jack Noren, drums. Recorded 1949. Continue reading

Freddy Cole interview

Singer and pianist Freddy Cole talking about Ray Nance and Duke Ellington at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. This interview was supposed to be a live Before & After piece for JazzTimes, but unfortunately Mr. Cole wasn’t feeling well and the piece had to be scrapped.

Igor Brill and Evgeny Onishchenko

It’s a sad fact that pianist Igor Brill doesn’t play the U.S. very often. Though he’s worked with Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Michael Brecker, Brill has spent most of the past three decades teaching at the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. He came to D.C. this week to perform some private concerts, as well as providing the musical climax at the inaugural launch of American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture at the Library of Congress. He was joined in performance by bassist Evgeny Onishchencko, Sept. 20, 2011.