Jimmy Heath

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Birthday
25, 1926
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Jan 19, 2020 (93)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
25, 1926
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Jan 19, 2020 (93)

About

Jazz saxophonist who performed, composed, and arranged with and for some of the most famous jazz musicians. He was the winner of the 2003 NEA Jazz Masters Award.

Before Fame

He began as an alto saxophonist but switched to tenor in the 1940s and performed with Miles Davis's band in 1959.

Trivia

He was the primary composer of the 1956 album Playboys which featured Art Pepper and Chet Baker.

Family Life

He raised James Mtume, an R&B singer.

Associated With

He has been referred to as Little Bird, a reference to Charlie Parker's nickname Bird.