You can learn a lot about jazz hanging with 84-year-old Jimmy Heath. The saxophonist, arranger and bandleader has worked with nearly every important jazz musician of the postwar period, and his many compositions, including the jazz standards “Gingerbread Boy” and “C.T.A.,” are performed and recorded around the world. The Philly-born NEA Jazz Master spent many years teaching, and he’s shared a lifetime of behind-the-scenes stories in his recent autobiography, I Walked With Giants (Temple University Press). He is still actively playing and recording, and his latest release with his younger brother, drummer Tootie, is Heath Brothers: Endurance (JLP). This Before & After was conducted on Feb. 18 in front of a live audience at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, Md.
1. James Moody
“I’m in the Mood for Love” (from The Very Best of Prestige Records, Prestige). Moody, alto sax; Leppe Sundervall, trumpet; Thore Swanerud, piano; Yngve Akerberg, bass; Jack Noren, drums. Recorded in 1949.