Hard BopGAMBIER, Ohio (April 14, 2011)
The Heath Brothers Quartet brings their straight-ahead, hard-bop jazz to Kenyon in a free concert on Friday, April 22, at 8:00 p.m.
The quartet, featuring legendary tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, will perform in Rosse Hall Auditorium as part of the Gund Concert Series. The quartet also includes Albert "Tootie" Heath on drums, Jeb Patton on piano, and David Wong on bass. They are expected to play a mix of jazz standards and original compositions.
Jimmy Heath is a highly regarded composer and instrumentalist who has performed with many other jazz titans, including John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis. His compositions have been recorded by a range of other artists, and his extended works include seven suites, two string quartets, and the symphonic piece Three Ears. He recently completed an 11-year run as professor of music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He was named a National Endowment for the Arts jazz master in 2003.
Gillespie said, "All I can say is, if you know Jimmy Heath, you know bop." And Davis observed, "He was a very hip dude to be with, funny and clean and very intelligent. Jimmy is one of the thoroughbreds."