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Jimmy Heath and friends at a session at New York's WOR Studios in 1953. Left to right: Miles Davis, Kenny Drew, Art Blakey, Jimmy Heath.
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January 11, 2014 The composer and bandleader made his first recordings in the late 1940s. In the decades since, Heath has played with and written for everyone from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis and Milt Jackson.
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August 10, 2013 Heath joins host Marian McPartland and bassist Rufus Reid for an hour of unforgettable talk and music, including "You've Changed" and Heath's most famous tune, "Gingerbread Boy."
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December 8, 2011 Nicholas Payton and Jimmy Heath also join this celebration in swing from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
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The Heath Brothers quartet: (L-R) Jeb Patton, Jimmy Heath, David Wong, Albert "Tootie" Heath.
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July 6, 2011 In a family band made up of jazz legends, saxophonist Jimmy and drummer Tootie Heath carry on the sophisticated and swinging quartet that once featured their late brother. Hear a live recording.
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Cyrus Chestnut (left) and Benny Green.
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January 1, 2011 Start out with two pianists who absolutely command their instruments. Give them a premier bassist and drummer. Then add guests like trumpeter Nicholas Payton and saxophonist Jimmy Heath — an elder statesman of the music — and it becomes a party.
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July 6, 2010 Summer is a time for family gatherings, and over the years, there have been some very notable families of jazz musicians. Hear five songs by some of those talented families — songs selected to accompany your own family's backyard cookout.
At age 83, saxophonist Jimmy Heath has released his latest album, Endurance.
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March 18, 2010 Though Heath has worked primarily as a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College CUNY since the 1980's, he also continues to record and tour. Endurance, his latest album, not only demonstrates Heath's own passion and longevity — he is 83 years old! — but also the endurance of his warmly soulful bop.
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June 1, 2009 What do chocolate pudding, smiles, gingerbread, fishing and dairy products have to do with each other? They all have lesser-known holidays dedicated to them in the month of June. Celebrate these delightfully obscure days with Jimmy Heath, Louis Armstrong and more.
July 3, 2008 In March 2007, more than 30 lifelong jazz musicians were celebrated at the Kennedy Center for their contributions to a unique art form. JazzSet presents a recording of the concert companion to the awards ceremony, featuring Dave Brubeck, Nancy Wilson, and more.
December 6, 2007 A gifted arranger and composer whose originals include "C.T.A." and "Gingerbread Boy," Heath has written charts for Chet Baker and Art Blakey. Heath cut his teeth in big bands with Dizzy Gillespie and Howard McGhee, and in this concert from the Blue Note, he's got his own.
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