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Al "Tootie" Heath Trio Set to Appear At UNC-W Concert June 10, 2022 by Larry Reni Thomas
(Published: May 07, 2022)

NEA (National Endowment of the Arts) Jazz Master drummer/ percussionist Albert "Tootie" Heath and his trio, pianist Emmet Cohen and bassist Russell Hall, are scheduled to perform, June 10, 2022, 7:30 p.m., at Kenan Auditorium, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina.

Heath's father, Percy Heath, Sr., was born in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898. His family moved to Philadelphia in 1924, where Tootie was born in 1935. He and his brothers, the late reed man/composer Jimmy and the late bassist Percy Heath, Jr., spent most of their boyhood summers in Wilmington where they stayed with their grandparents.
"My grandfather operated a store there called Fisher's Grocery," Albert said during a recent interview, from his Santa Fe, New Mexico home. "We always enjoyed coming to Wilmington. We loved the place. We called it our second home."

"My brothers, Jimmy and Percy and I have performed there several times," he added. "The first time was in 1984. We were met at the airport by the press and the mayor pro temp designated it "Heath Brothers Day." Jimmy and I have been there before several times. Once, was a homecoming concert for Jimmy, who attended and graduated from Williston Industrial High School in Wilmington. Most of his classmates were there. Another time was for a benefit concert to raise funds for research on a popular 1940s Wilmington dance hall called The Barn. We were also there in a concert at Thalian Hall in 2012. This will be the first time that I will be performing with my own group. I am looking forward to it and am looking forward to seeing some of family and friends."

Heath's visit will also include filming of an upcoming documentary, produced, and directed by Paris-based musician Richard Sears. It is tentatively called "Albert ‘Tootie' Heath Documentary." (https//richardsearsmusic.com/tootie-doc-2/. Sears will be Wilmington during Tootie's visit recording the event for his upcoming film. Albert is also featured in the much-acclaimed, award-winning 2017 documentary directed by Swedish film maker Kasper Collin "I Called Him Morgan" (https://www.netflix.com/title/8014798).

For more information about the Al "Tootie" Heath Trio UNC-W Concert call (910) 962-3500 or go to: bit.ly/tootieheath.

More Information: https://bit.ly/tootieheath

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