You 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 →
A bit of my Before & After interview with Jimmy Heath at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Rockville, MD Feb. 18, 2011. Jimmy talks about Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Johnny Griffin, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, the importance of interpreting the lyric and the “three ears” through which we listen to music. Complete article appears in the May 2011 issue of JazzTimes.
On Feb. 18, 2011, I did a Before & After with Jimmy Heath at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival for JazzTimes. Bret Primack (the Jazz Video Guy) was there and captured part of our session with Jimmy talking about the importance of lyrics for saxophonists such as himself and Ben Webster. The entire interview will be published soon.
I did a JazzTimes Before & After interview with Jimmy Heath last night at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. After the session, Jimmy was talking about some of his favorite movie themes and played a bit of the music from The Pawnbroker.