Ethan Iverson – featuring Albert “Tootie” Heath

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The younger brother of Percy and Jimmy Heath, Albert “Tootie” Heath has long been a top hard bop-based drummer with an open mind toward more commercial styles of jazz. After moving to New York (1957), he debuted on record with John Coltrane. Heath was with J.J. Johnson‘s group (1958-1960) and the Jazztet (1960-1961), worked with the trios of Cedar Walton and Bobby Timmons in 1961, and recorded many records as a sideman for Riverside during that era. He lived in Europe in 1965-1968 (working frequently with Kenny Drew, Dexter Gordon, and backing touring Americans), and, after returning to the U.S., he played regularly with Herbie Hancock‘s sextet (1968-1969) and Yusef Lateef (1970-1974). After an additional year in Europe, he joined the Heath Brothers band (1975-1978) and then settled in Los Angeles, where Tootie Heath continued freelancing, recording with the Riverside Reunion Band – via AllMusic

Ethan Iverson and Ben Street are playing three nights at Smalls with Albert “Tootie” Heath  11/16 – 11/18.

Albert “Tootie” Heath will be in town again at Iridium on December 17th – 19th with Lee Konitz, Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, and Ben Street.

Ethan, Ben and Mark played with Billy Hart (another drummer of the same generation) at the Vanguard for a week this past September. You can listen and download the Wednesday night show on NPR.

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2 Responses to “Ethan Iverson – featuring Albert “Tootie” Heath”

  1. […] drummer of the old school. Those in and around New York City should definitely try to check out Iverson with Ben Street and Albert “Tootie” Heath down at Smalls. D:O is planning on making the Wednesday […]

  2. […] drummer of the old school. Those in and around New York City should definitely try to check out Iverson with Ben Street and Albert “Tootie” Heath down at Smalls. D:O is planning on making the Wednesday […]

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