SoulPatch Music Productions is proud to present a birthday celebration concert for legendary drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath on Friday May 30th at 8pm at Jimmy Mak’s. Joining Mr. Heath on drums will be Chuck Israels on bass and Richard Sears on piano.
Born on May 31st 1935 in Philadelphia, Albert “Tootie” Heath was raised in a musical household as the younger brother of saxophonist Jimmy Heath and bassist Percy Heath. In pursuit of a musical career as a drummer, he moved to New York in 1957 and in a few months made his recording debut with John Coltrane for the saxophonist’s first recording “Coltrane”. Mr. Heath recorded with him again in 1960 on the album “Lush Life”.
Tootie Heath’s career reads like a who’s who in jazz. He has recorded with Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Bobby Timmons, Yusef Lateef, Herbie Hancock, Milt Jackson, Wes Montgomery, Billy Taylor, Mal Waldron, Cedar Walton, J.J. Johnson and countless others. In 1975 together with his brothers Jimmy and Percy, Tootie formed the Heath Brothers band. The band enjoyed international acclaim, toured extensively, and still performs with various bassists after Percy’s death in 2005.
Aside from being Tootie’s 79th birthday celebration, the concert is also a reunion between Tootie Heath and Chuck Israels. A musician of international renown in his own right, Chuck shares several connections with Tootie. They both developed musically in the golden age of jazz, both made their recording debuts with John Coltrane (in Chuck’s case it was “Coltrane Time”), and went on to perform with some of the most influential figures in the music’s history. Their paths first crossed in the late 1950’s when they worked in the iconic pianist Bobby Timmons’ trio in New York opposite Thelonious Monk's band. The last time they performed together was in the 70’s in the trio of equally prominent pianist Dr. Barry Harris in Los Angeles. The performance promises to be an unforgettable event with the talented young pianist, Los Angeles native Richard Sears rounding out the trio.
Tickets are $22 for reserved seating, $18 for general admission and are available through tickettomato.com. See the link below.