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Jimmy Heath(3)

October 26, 2016
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. Temple University Press / Jimmy Heath collection

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.
Temple University Press 

Jimmy Heath’s reputation as a jazz player has been partly overshadowed by his gifts as a composer and arranger.

In 1953 he began recording with Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and Kenny Dorham.

He made a now-legendary Blue Note Records date with Miles Davis and J.J. Johnson.

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As an event worthy of special recording,they recorded Jimmy Heath’s compostition “C.T.A”.

In 1954, he was arrested and convicted for drug possession.

So he spent 4 1/2 years in prison,and he was released in 1959.

Unfortunately he could not play an active part in modern jazz history.

While in prison he composed many famous pieces.

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Photo of Tootie Heath from DrummerWorld

He got them out to Chet Baker by passing them to his brother Tootie Heath.

Chet and Art Pepper made an album [Playboys] that included mostly his songs.

Here is Miles Davis sextet play “C.T.A.”.
Miles Davis (tp), J.J. Johnson (tb ) Jimmy Heath (ts) Gil Coggins (p) Percy Heath (b) Art Blakey (ds)


Here is Chet Baker & Art Pepper play “C.T.A”.
Chet Baker (tp),Art Pepper (as),Phil Urso (ts),Carl Perkins (p),Curtis Counce (b),Larance Marable (ds)

Jimmy Heath(1)

October 24, 2016

Last week I was surprised to watch a video from my favorite website.

Jimmy Heath has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the past 50 years.

Tomorrow, he celebrates the 90-year-old birthday.

This week I will post about Jimmy Heath.

Jimmy Heath was born in Philadelphia on October 25, 1926.

He is the middle brother of the legendary Heath Brothers (Percy Heath/bass and Tootie Heath/drums).

In 1941 his father gave him an alto saxophone for Christmas.

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Photo from hodges nourredine2bchotmailfr.blogspot Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, and Benny Carter

As a matter of course he admired Benny Carter and Johnny Hodges.

He practiced his saxophone very hard.

He became a road musician out of Philadelphia at 18 years old, traveling with Omaha’s Nat Towles Orchestra.

Then he started his own band in 1946.

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He formed an experimental big band that included young Philadelphians such as Benny Golson and John Coltrane.

I want to introduce a rare photo from The Philadelphia City Archive.

(1)Jimmy Heath playing with the Calvin Todd Orchestra, 1944.

(2)The Jimmy Heath Orchestra, 1947. Go here