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Peter Apfelbaum Sextet
Kenny Barron / Terrell Stafford / Dayna Stephens / Matt Wilson
Alan Broadbent Trio
Jimmy Cobb Quartet featuring Kenny Barron
Ruth Davies Blues Night featuring Barbara Morrison
Basie and Beyond: Jamie Davis and the Fred Barry Jazz Orchestra
Sasha Dobson Trio
Lou Donaldson Quartet
Madeline Eastman / Dena DeRose
Taylor Eigsti / Julian Lage Group
Eddie Gomez Trio / Frank Wess Quartet
Wycliffe Gordon Presents the Jazz Mentors
Wycliffe Gordon Quartet featuring Matt Wilson
Albert "Tootie" Heath
Jimmy Heath
Bobby Hutcherson
Nancy King
Lee Konitz
Maria Marquez Quintet
Jeb Patton Trio featuring Tootie Heath
Nicholas Payton Quintet
Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
John Santos Quintet
The Latin Side of the Great American Songbook with Peggy Stern
(New) Standards Night wtih Peter Stoltzman
Patrick Wolff Trio

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Jimmy Heath
The Heath Brothers—Percy on bass, Jimmy on horn and Tootie on drums—first became a unit in 1975, when Percy was on hiatus from the Modern Jazz Quartet (Percy, sadly, passed away two years ago). Both Jimmy and Percy established their reputations early on in Dizzy Gillespie’s sextet, while youngest brother Tootie left a broad footprint on jazz history as drummer on John Coltrane’s fi rst album. Jimmy, fondly dubbed “Little Bird” early in his career for a soloing style reminiscent of Charlie Parker, doubles on soprano and fl ute, and is a fi ne composer and arranger whose originals include “C.T.A.” and “Gingerbread Boy.” The Heath Brothers are known to jazz connoisseurs as players of taste and style, and there is no mistaking the intuitive communication that underscores their improvisational fl ow on stage. Jimmy and Tootie are also beloved members of the Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty.

In order to get to know him better, we asked Jimmy to answer a few questions. Here’s what he had to say:

What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
Duke Ellington.

Who is your favorite musician under the age of 30?
Eldar Djangirov.

What’s your favorite food?

What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
The Groove in Kongsberg, Norway.

What’s the last book you’ve read?
Come Sunday.

If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it be?
Duke—he is one of my idols.

What’s your favorite thing about being a Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member?
Being with the youth.

What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Village Vanguard or Dizzy’s.

Who is your greatest musical influence?
Bird and Dizzy.

How much do you practice each week?
5 or 6 hours.

What hobbies do you have?
Watching the big guys play sports.

When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoing a professional musician?
When I was around 12 years old I heard Johnny Hodges and decided I wanted to play alto sax… every child in my family was given an instrument of their choice.

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