jimmy heath

Baseball and Jazz: Perfect Together

Monte IrvinJimmy Heath
What do you do when you have legendary saxophonist, composer and arranger Jimmy Heath and baseball hall of famer Monte Irvin on your show together?  You get out of the way and let them talk to each other!!!  Even though both faced segregation and racism during their amazing careers, they feel blessed.  Jimmy joins me from Queens while Monte shares his thoughts from his home in Houston, Texas.  Check out the latest edition of SportsJam with Doug Doyle.

Great Live Moments - Heath Brothers

Percy and Jimmy Heath, Rockefeller Center, 1977.
The Heath brothers I have known are not confectioners who created an English toffee bar. They played jazz.  Much sweeter than candy...

Saxophonist Jimmy Heath, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, and the late bassist/cellist Percy Heath were jazz family long before the Marsalis clan. Separately, the sum of their music making covers the totality of modern jazz - Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, the Modern Jazz Quartet. I could go on and on, but enough already! Together, the Heath Brothers were a cohesive jazz combo that brought their collective experience to the stage to form their own brand of brotherly jazz.

WBGO has recorded a number of Heath Brothers performances. They include a beautiful recording from New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Prudential Hall, as well as a club date at Iridium. And that's just during my seven year tenure at the station! In 1984, WBGO recorded The Heath Brothers on New Year's Eve. December 31, 1984 at Sweet Basil in New York. The pianist was Stanley Cowell.

Check out the Heath Brothers playing "Sleeves" from the WBGO Archives.
-Josh

PS While you're still here, watch this clip from Danny Sherr's award-winning video about the siblings, Brotherly Jazz.