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Before & After with Jimmy Heath

Listening session with legendary saxophonist on-site at Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival

Jimmy Heath at Before & After session at 2011 Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival

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.

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“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.

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Larry Appelbaum

Larry Appelbaum is a recently retired Jazz Reference Specialist in the Music Division at the Library of Congress, where he discovered the tapes of the 1957 Thelonious Monk/John Coltrane concert at Carnegie Hall that were subsequently issued by Blue Note Records in 2005. He is a longtime radio host on WPFW-FM in Washington, D.C.