Personalities | Jimmy Heath | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Tenor and soprano saxophone, flute, b. 1926)

Jimmy Heath’s early devotion to Charlie Parker saw him nicknamed ‘Little Bird’, but he switched from alto to tenor saxophone and developed his own voice. He honed his writing skills with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra throughout 1949–50. He spent 1955–59 in prison, but rebuilt his career with a series of recordings for Riverside. Later, he performed with bassist Percy Heath and drummer Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath in the Heath Brothers. He remains an influential jazz arranger and educator.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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