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Percy Heath: Hometown Hero

On May 17th and 18th there’s going to be a party going on in Wilmington, NC in honor of one of its jazz heroes: Percy Heath (pictured). The bassist, who rubbed shoulders with the likes of Bird, Dizzy, Mingus and Miles, is the lone survivor of the Modern Jazz Quartet. And, while playing a major role in the metamorphosis of jazz in the forties, Heath proved himself a hero as a fighter pilot during WWII in the now famous group of elite P-51 fliers, the Tuskegee Airmen.

On May 17th Heath will be given a star on the Walk of Fame Plaza at the Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington. A reception will be held afterward at the Williston Auditorium in the Cape Fear Museum, hosted by the Williston Alumni Association, Heath’s High School alma mater.

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