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Tune in to Sunday Night Jazz with host Larry Reni Thomas, on WCOM-FM Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina, May 22, 2022, from 9:15 pm to 10 pm, for a live interview with 2020 NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz Master percussionist/drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. We will talk about his career, and his upcoming concert on June 10, 2022, with his trio at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Heath, a Philadelphia native, born in 1935, first recorded in 1957 with John Coltrane. From 1958 to 1974, he worked with, among others, J.J. Johnson, Wes Montgomery, Art Farmer, Benny Golson's Jazztet, Cedar Walton, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Drew, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone and Yusef Lateef. In 1975, he, Jimmy and Percy formed the Heath Brothers. He remained with the group until 1978, then left to freelance. He has been recorded on several albums during his career. He also taught at The Stanford Jazz Workshop for decades before recently retiring.
Sunday Night Jazz with host Larry Reni Thomas on WCOM-FM airs Sundays from 9 pm until 12 midnight. For more information visit the website.
Following the performance on June 10th, Tootie will join jazz writer Larry Reni Thomas and Third Person Project co-founder John Jeremiah Sullivan in the WHQR gallery to discuss his music and legacy in an additional event. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The event begins at 3PM.