Jimmy Heath, NEA Jazz Master and link to bebop era of 1940s, dies at 93


From The Washington Post obituary on jazz sax player, Jimmy Heath who died January 19:

“When he walks into a room,” trumpeter and bandleader Wynton Marsalis once said of Jimmy Heath, “jazz history is made.”

Not only was Mr. Heath one of the most accomplished saxophonists and composers of his time, but he was recognized as living link to a dynamic period of jazz innovation, as someone who worked alongside Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and other musical innovators of the 1940s and ’50s.

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Thank you for this post. We lost a significant pillar of jazz.

While I have been listening to jazz for decades, I was not familiar with Jimmy Heath by name, although I certainly have heard him play on recordings. I am very familiar with his brother, bassist Percy Heath.

Imagine the talented Heath family with brothers Jimmy, Percy and drummer Albert Heath. Amazing!

A few days ago, when I learned of Mr. Heath’s passing, I decided to do a search on Qobuz for his albums and spent the evening listening to his music. What a fantastic tool is Qobuz!

Hopefully, others like me who were unfamiliar with Jimmy Heath, or who had simply not listened recently to his enormous talents, will spend some time re-discovering his talents.
Yes, there aren't too many living links remaining to fundamental and bop jazz.  We have several such as Lou Donaldson and Sonny but it's sadly just a matter of time before the chapter turns in full.  I cherish these living treasures today.  The music will always endure.