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[email protected] Celebrates Jimmy Heath

“If you know Jimmy Heath, you know bop,” Dizzy Gillespie once said, and none but a fool would question his authority to make such a statement. Certainly Jazz at Lincoln Center agrees, for the organization will host Heath (pictured left) as both a sax player and a composer in two concerts at Alice Tully Hall on Oct. 19 and 20 to celebrate his 75th birthday. The title of the evening is “He Walked With Giants,” but the evening will undoubtedly prove that Heath is a musician of no mean stature himself.

It may seem somewhat ungenerous to make the birthday boy himself do most of the celebrating, but [email protected] will provide Heath with some superb musicians and one of the most prominent stages in the nation for the party. In the first half of the program, Heath will play in small ensembles with trombonist Slide Hampton, saxophonist Antonio Hart, and pianist Jeb Patton. Heath will also be joined by brothers Percy on bass and Albert (aka “Tootie”) on drums.

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