Giants of Jazz 14 honoring Albert Tootie Heath
(Published: September 13, 2011)
Albert Tootie Heath - 2011 Jazz Master Honoree
SATURDAY, October 1, 2011
SOUTH ORANGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
One SOPAC Way
South Orange, NJ 07079
Reserved Seating: $50
Seniors and Students with Valid ID: $40
For more details, directions, and on-line ticket purchase, go to:
www.SOPACnow.org or call 973-313-ARTS (2787)
Presented by SOPAC, Village of South Orange and The Baird.
Produced by John Lee & Jazz Legacy Productions.
On October 1, 2011 Albert "Tootie" Heath will be honored at the 14th annual Giants of Jazz concert in South Orange, N.J. Tootie is the first drummer to be honored by Giants of Jazz. This one-night concert is hailed by the New York Times as "New Jersey's premier jazz festival". The Newark Star Ledger called it "The greatest one day jazz event in New Jersey, and probably the entire country".
Beginning fourteen years ago, bassist, producer, and South Orange resident John Lee started organizing the Giants of Jazz Concert each fall at the South Orange Middle School. Each year South Orange would honor a world-class jazz musician at a benefit concert to raise money for the free summertime Concerts in the Park series. The concert series is presented every Wednesday evening in July at Flood Hill in MeadowlandPark. These free outdoor concerts have become a tradition in South Orange. They attract many families and the picnic atmosphere always makes for a joyous evening of music and fellowship.
About Tootie Heath....
Tootie Heath, is the youngest of the legendary Heath Brothers and like his siblings he has been a major force in jazz. During his career Tootie has worked and recorded with Wes Montgomery, JJ Johnson, Tommy Flanagan, Herbie Hancock, Barry Harris, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Monk, Joe Pass, Billy Taylor, McCoy Tyner as well as his brothers, Percy and Jimmy Heath, and many, many more.
Born March 31, 1935 Tootie debuted as drummer in 1957 with John Coltrane. During the late 1950's and early 60's he worked with JJ Johnson, Cedar Walton and Bobby Timmons. Hea appears on many recordings for Riverside Records and toured Europe with Kenny Drew,and Dexter Gordon.
During the late '60's Tootie worked with Herbie Hancock and with Yusef Lateef during from 1970 to 1974. In 1975 Tootie joined his brothers and created the sound of the Heath Brothers.
Tootie's musicianship is legendary. He has continued the bebop tradition while staying with current concepts.
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