Join the Augusta University Jazz Ensemble for the inaugural Harris Horizon Jazz Greats concert featuring jazz legend Jimmy Heath. Also performing as part of the Jimmy Heath Quintet are his brother, drummer Tootie Heath, and legendary bassist Rufus Reid. Jimmy Heath has long been recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist and a magnificent composer and arranger. Jimmy is the middle brother of the legendary Heath Brothers (Percy Heath/bass and Tootie Heath/drums), and is the father of Mtume. He has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years, from Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis. In 1948 at the age of 21, he performed in the First International Jazz Festival in Paris with McGhee, sharing the stage with Coleman Hawkins, Slam Stewart, and Erroll Garner. One of Heath’s earliest big bands (1947-1948) in Philadelphia included John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Specs Wright, Cal Massey, Johnny Coles, Ray Bryant, and Nelson Boyd. Charlie Parker and Max Roach sat in on one occasion.
During his career, Jimmy Heath has performed on more than 100 record albums including seven with The Heath Brothers and twelve as a leader. Jimmy has also written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards and have been recorded by other artists including Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie J.J Johnson and Dexter Gordon. Jimmy has also composed extended works – seven suites and two string quartets – and he premiered his first symphonic work, “Three Ears,” in 1988 at Queens College (CUNY) with Maurice Peress conducting.
“All I can say is, if you know Jimmy Heath, you know Bop.” — Dizzy Gillespie
Celebrate the debut of this remarkable tradition with the Department of Music at a pre-concert reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, then move next door for the concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Maxwell Theatre.
Concert and Reception: $25
Concert Only: $15
Concert Only Children and Students: $5
Concert Only AU & EGSC Students: Free with valid JagCard