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Jimmy Heath


The center of the three Heath Brothers, Jimmy Heath includes a distinct sound on tenor, is really a fluid player on soprano and flute, and an extremely talented arranger/composer whose originals include “C.T.A.” and “Gingerbread Boy.” He was originally an altoist, using Howard McGhee during 1947-1948 as well as the Dizzy Gillespie big music group (1949-1950). Known as “Small Bird” due to the similarity in his playing to Charlie Parker, Heath turned to tenor in the first ’50s. Although away from action for a couple years because of “personal complications,” Heath composed for Chet Baker and Artwork Blakey during 1956-1957. Back actions in 1959, he caused Mls Davis briefly that calendar year, furthermore to Kenny Dorham and Gil Evans, and began a string of amazing recordings for Riverside. In the 1960s, Heath regularly teamed up with Milt Jackson and Artwork Farmer, and he also worked well as an educator along with a freelance arranger. During 1975-1982, Jimmy Heath teamed up with brothers Percy and Tootie within the Heath Brothers, and since that time has remained energetic like a saxophonist and article writer. Furthermore to his previously Riverside times, Jimmy Heath offers recorded like a innovator for Cobblestone, Muse, Xanadu, Landmark, and Verve.

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Full Name Jimmy Heath
Profession Actor, Composer, Educator, Music Arranger, Saxophonist
Nationality American
Spouse Mona Brown
Children James Mtume
Siblings Albert Heath, Percy Heath
Music Groups Heath Brothers
Music Songs The Thumper, Picture of Heath, On the Trail, For Minors Only, You or Me, The Voice of the Saxophone, Lowland Lullaby, Forever Sonny, A Sound for Sore Ears, The Quota, Bruh' Slim, New Picture, Big "P", Nice People, Trane Connections, Song for Ben Webster, Who Needs It, Without You, No Me, Heritage Hum, Angel Man, Gingerbread Boy, Two Tees, When Sunny Gets Blue, Ballad from Upper Neighbors Suite, Ellington’s Stray Horn, New Keep, I Can Make You Love Me, Hands up! Feet down!, Don't You Know I Care, Hot House, The Time and the Place, Down Shift
Albums Really Big!, The Gap Sealer, Triple Threat, Picture of Heath, The Thumper, Little Man Big Band, Peer Pleasure, Love and Understanding, Swamp Seed, Jam Gems: Live at the Left Bank, New Picture, The Time and the Place, The Quota, The All-Star Sessions, On the Trail, You or Me, You've Changed, The Endless Search, Tenor Tribute - Vol.2, Tenor Tribute - Vol.1, Riding Tunes, The Whit Williams' "Now's The Time" Big Band, The Thumper (feat. Nat Adderley / Curtis Fuller / Wynton Kelly / Paul Chambers) [Remastered 2016], Really Big! (feat. Cedar Walton) [Bonus Track Version], On Green Dolphin Street, Triple Threat (Remastered 2015), All Members, The Professor, Really Big! (feat. Nat Adderley / Clark Terry / Cannonball Adderley) [Remastered 2016], Greatest Jazz Masters, The Thumper + The Quota, The Jimmy Heath Sextet. The Quota / Triple Threat, The Thumper: Really Big! (2 Classic Original Albums Remastered), Explore, Talkative Friend, Don't Worry Be Jazzy By Jimmy Heath, Best Of, Swamp Seed / Triple Threat / Really Big!, Gingerbread Boy, Jimmy Heath - A Life In Jazz, Jimmy Heath in Christmas Wonderland, Who Needs It, Jazzy City - Club Session by Jimmy Heath, Afternoon Tunes, Crazy Jazz, Jazz and the City with Jimmy Heath, Black Or White, Jazz & Limousines by Jimmy Heath, Opulent Event, In Jazz We Trust, Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart (The Hit Collection)
Movies Jazz Master Class Series from NYU: Jimmy & Percy Heath

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1 Brother of Percy Heath.
2 Father of James Mtume.



Chico & Rita 2010 Ben Webster (singing voice)
The Cosby Show 1986 TV Series Saxophonist

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Chico & Rita 2010 musician



The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode



Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity 2017 Documentary Himself
The Miles Davis Documentary 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
Actors Entertainment 2014 TV Series Himself
The Mark Twain Prize: Bill Cosby 2009 TV Movie Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1996 TV Special documentary Himself

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