The Heath Brothers
The concert will be preceded by a one-hour workshop at 11 a.m. in Nallin Hall (on the 12th floor of Baruch College's 23rd Street building). The workshop for students and faculty is by invitation only.
The oldest of The Heath Brothers, Percy, took up the bass in 1946 after using his severance pay from the United States Air Force to buy one. Middle brother Jimmy began playing alto saxophone at age 14. Among his many accomplishments, Jimmy directed the Jazz Masters Program at Queens College (The City University of New York). Youngest brother "Tootie" began playing drums at around the of 10.
In a period of over five decades The Heath Brothers have played with many of the great names in jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Thelonius Monk, JJ. Johnson, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and The Modern Jazz Quartet. Their first recording together was in the 1960s on Jimmy's solo album for Riverside, The Quota, Really Big.
For this concert The Heath Brothers will also be joined by special guest artist Jimmy Owens. Owens boasts over 35 years as a jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, lecturer, and jazz educator. He has performed in clubs, concerts, festivals, and on television in many parts of the globe. Among the numerous jazz luminaries Owens has played with in over three decades include Frank Wess, Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Powell, Grady Tate, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, James Moody, Al Grey, Art Farmer, Lalo Shifrin, Ron Carter, and Ray Nance.
The November 8th performance will be preceded on Monday November 5th, 2001 by an exhibit reception for Milt "The Judge"Hinton: A Memorial Exhibition of His Jazz Photographs, 1938-1986 at Baruch's Sidney Mishkin art gallery, Ground Floor, 135 East 22nd Street, starting at 4p.m. Documentarian David Berger will offer a talk. Master bassist Ron Carter will perform at the reception. The exhibit will run from November 6-December 11, 2001.
The inaugural Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert (in 1992) starred Milt Hinton himself together with his picks for an "All-Star" ensemble. This group consisted of Seldon Powell (saxophonist), Bob Rosengarden (Drums), Mike Walters (saxophone and woodwinds), Derek Smith (piano), Jay D'Amico (piano), Mike Grey (trombone), and John "Bucky" Pizzarelli (guitar). This magical first concert saw famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis join the group during the second half. The packed house roared with approval.
The following year (1993) Tito Puente and his big band also played to a full house with some students and faculty dancing in the aisles. In 1994 the concert was billed as a "Tribute to Women in Jazz," and featured a performance by singer Ruth Brown and Friends and the group Straight Ahead. In 1995 trombonist extraordinaire Slide Hampton and the Big Band Bird filled the bill for the fourth annual concert.
In 1996 America's jazz statesman Dr. Billy Taylor and the Billy Taylor Trio graced the Baruch College stage. In 1997 Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band gave a performance that offered a unique blend of Latin and jazz traditions.
The 1998 concert presented virtuoso drummer Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Big Band. The world famous Mingus Big Band played at the 8th annual concert in 1999. The Bronx Horns, consisting of Tito Puente's brass section, together with Dave Valentin (flute) and Randy Brecker (trumpet), performed at the 9th annual concert in 2000.