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Guest Artist Jimmy Heath Spends the Day July 28th

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Guest Artist Jimmy Heath Spends the Day July 28th
Date Posted: Jul 18, 2011
NEA Jazz Master, saxophonist Jimmy Heath, is the 2011 Guest Artist. He's slated to spend the day at camp on Thursday, July 28th (Session 3). He'll observe and add his thoughts to classes in the morning, then give a master class for the whole camp in the afternoon. He then returns Sunday, August 7th at the Litchfield Jazz Festival for an Artist Talk with the Festival's Artist-in-Residence, Matt Wilson, AND closes the festival with his Big Band at 7pm that evening.
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NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath is LJC's 2011 Guest Artist

Posted: July 18, 2011

Litchfield Jazz Camp 2011 is honored to treat our students to a day with Guest Artist Jimmy Heath on Thursday, July 28th (Session 3). At age 84, the jazz saxophonist is one of the busiest and most highly regarded men in jazz. A renowned instrumentalist, composer, arranger and educator, he is a founding member of the Heath Brothers and leads the Jimmy Heath Big Band. Across his career—honored recently with an NEA Jazz Masters Award—he has collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Erroll Garner, Wynton Marsalis, and a list too long to include here. He has performed on more than 100 records and written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards.

Jimmy Health has performed on jazz festival around the world.  In 1997 he made his first appearance at the Litchfield Jazz Festival with Slide Hampton and the David Hazeltine Trio and returned again in 2003 to perform with the Heath Brothers featuring Jimmy alongside his brothers Albert "Tootie" Heath on drums and Percy Heath on bass.  Percy passed two years later, but the Heath Brothers continues as a performing unit today.

Recently retired from his role as Professor of Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Heath maintains an extensive international performance and clinic schedule. He has also taught jazz studies at Jazzmobile, Housatonic College, City College of New York, and The New School.  In 2010 he published an autobiography, "I Walked with Giants" (Temple University Press).   

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Date Posted: Jul 18, 2011