Jimmy Heath Meets Ben Webster

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


During his “Before and After” with veteran journalist Larry Appelbaum, Jimmy Heath talks about Ben Webster. From the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. Jimmy originally played alto saxophone but after the influence of Charlie Parker on his work for Howard McGhee and Dizzy Gillespie in the late 1940s, he earned the nickname “Little Bird” (Parker’s nickname was Bird) and he switched to tenor sax.
He briefly joined Miles Davis’s group in 1959, replacing John Coltrane, and also worked with Kenny Dorham and Gil Evans. He recorded extensively as leader and sideman. During the 1960s, he frequently worked with Milt Jackson and Art Farmer. In 1975, he and his brothers formed the Heath Brothers, also featuring pianist Stanley Cowell. Heath composed most of the 1956 Chet Baker and Art Pepper album Playboys. In the 1980s, he joined the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in the City University of New York. With the rank of Professor, he led the creation of the Jazz Program at Queens College and attracted prominent musicians such as Donald Byrd to the campus. He also served on the Board of the Louis Armstrong Archives on campus, and the restoration and management of the Louis and Lucille Armstrong Residence in Corona, Queens, near his own home. In addition to teaching at Queens College for over twenty years, he has also taught at Jazzmobile. Heath was a recipient of the 2003 NEA Jazz Masters Award. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Human Letters.

Heath tells us the life story of 2 different fictional children, and highlights the differences between them. As adults, what do we need to do?

Heath is an Educational Leader with a passion for equipping and enabling people to participate in life and learning. He is an advocate for parents, children, adolescents and teachers, serving on educational bodies and community groups. He currently teaches and mentors teachers in Central Queensland. Heath has published articles; speaks at conferences, seminars; and conducts professional development sessions on multitude of topics including Pedagogical Practices, Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Curriculum and Parenting. He mentors leaders in schools, community and business. Heath has represented Australia in Land Sailing at the 2014 World Championships, finishing in the top 10.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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  1. Count Basie-Bonn says:

    Jimmy Heath is a wonderful ambassador of our Music!

  2. gian paolo Puglisi says:

    Very intresting !

  3. Jazz Video Guy says:

    @petopalaj We love Brother Yusef

  4. Jazz Video Guy says:

    @2005rosebud Glad you like!

  5. ben landro says:

    thanks for posting this great video

  6. Jazz Video Guy says:

    @bsdguy Ah yes. The foundation.

  7. bsdguy says:

    Electric Bass.

  8. Jazz Video Guy says:

    @bsdguy What do you play?

  9. bsdguy says:

    I think I will incorporate that into my playing. True words of wisdom. I better start learning the lyrics!!!

  10. Jazz Video Guy says:

    @racylaserjet Yup. Words of wisdom from a master.

  11. Naas Hartzenberg says:

    Excellent talk Heath. A great message for us all.

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