Jimmy Heath Meets Ben Webster

http://jazztimes.com/articles/27422-jimmy-heath-royalties-for-the-melodies-please

During his «Before and After» with veteran journalist Larry Appelbaum, Jimmy Heath talks about Ben Webster. From the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. Jimmy originally played alto saxophone but after the influence of Charlie Parker on his work for Howard McGhee and Dizzy Gillespie in the late 1940s, he earned the nickname «Little Bird» (Parker’s nickname was Bird) and he switched to tenor sax.
He briefly joined Miles Davis’s group in 1959, replacing John Coltrane, and also worked with Kenny Dorham and Gil Evans. He recorded extensively as leader and sideman. During the 1960s, he frequently worked with Milt Jackson and Art Farmer. In 1975, he and his brothers formed the Heath Brothers, also featuring pianist Stanley Cowell. Heath composed most of the 1956 Chet Baker and Art Pepper album Playboys. In the 1980s, he joined the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in the City University of New York. With the rank of Professor, he led the creation of the Jazz Program at Queens College and attracted prominent musicians such as Donald Byrd to the campus. He also served on the Board of the Louis Armstrong Archives on campus, and the restoration and management of the Louis and Lucille Armstrong Residence in Corona, Queens, near his own home. In addition to teaching at Queens College for over twenty years, he has also taught at Jazzmobile. Heath was a recipient of the 2003 NEA Jazz Masters Award. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Human Letters.

Posted on 16 de enero de 2020
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