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A tribute concert at Flushing Town Hall for the late Albert 'Tootie' Heath

NEA Jazz Master Albert "Tootie" Heath died in April of 2024
Tootie Heath
NEA Jazz Master Albert "Tootie" Heath died in April of 2024

Albert “Tootie” Heath was a master drummer, appearing on hundreds of recordings, including John Coltrane’s first as a leader, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, The Modern Jazz Qt., and countless others, in addition to so many magical moments with brothers Jimmy & Percy in The Heath Brothers. His sense of rhythm was matched only by his sense of humor.

Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath performing with the Heath Brothers at the New Orleans jazz and heritage festival in 2005.
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Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath performing with the Heath Brothers at the New Orleans jazz and heritage festival in 2005.

An all-star salute to Tootie happens at Flushing Town Hall on June 28th.

Recently, WBGO's Daybreak host Gary Walker chatted about the evening and Tootie Heath with Clyde Bullard, the jazz producer at Flushing Town Hall, and saxophonist Antonio Hart, the musical director of The Queens Jazz Orchestra, performing that night.

Antonio Hart (top left) and Clyde Bullard (bottom) chat with WBGO's Gary Walker
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Antonio Hart (top left) and Clyde Bullard (bottom) chat with WBGO's Gary Walker

You can SEE Gary Walker's entire interview with Clyde Bullard and Antonio Hart here.

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.