Tootie Heath's 80th Birthday The great drummer is sounding as good as ever in his ninth decade. Hear from him as he performs at his 80th birthday party, and as he speaks to host Christian McBride off stage.

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Tootie Heath At 80

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The iconic drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath turned 80 on May 31, and Jazz Night went to the celebration. Heath, who first recorded in the 1950s with John Coltrane, has been active for over 50 years, performing with such artists as Dexter Gordon, Nina Simone, Wes Montgomery, and countless others. Incredibly, popular opinion suggests that Tootie sounds as good as ever.

Jazz Night In America visits Jazz at Lincoln Center as Tootie Heath performs at his birthday parties — and host Christian McBride pops over to interview him personally.

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