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Lecture / Discussion  |  A Conversation with Jimmy Heath: SiriusXM Real Jazz Radio Host Eulis Cathey interviews instrumentalist, composer and arranger

In collaboration with the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society, a three-day festival of special performances, screenings and conversations in celebration of John Coltrane's 91st birthday

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 4 pm

This event is free with gallery admission. Admission costs are:

Adults: $10
Seniors (62 & over): $8
Students (with ID): $5
Children (age 10 & under): FREE when accompanied by a paid adult/senior admission
SUNY Buffalo State Students, Faculty & Staff: FREE
United States and Canada Active Military and their families: FREE
Erie County Veterans: FREE
Burchfield Penney members: FREE (click here for all the benefits of membership)

Advance tickets can be purchased by calling 716-878-6011 during gallery hours.

 

Following the Chasing Trane screening join SiriusXM Real Jazz radio host Eulis Cathey for a close-up and personal interview with instrumentalist, composer and arranger Jimmy Heath who will share his exclusive memories of performing with John Coltrane. Heath, also 91-years-old, appears throughout the documentary.

One of Heath’s earliest big bands (1947-1948) in Philadelphia included John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Specs Wright, Cal Massey, Johnny Coles, Ray Bryant, and Nelson Boyd.  Charlie Parker and Max Roach sat in on one occasion.

He has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years, from Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis.  In 1948 at the age of 21, he performed in the First International Jazz Festival in Paris with McGhee, sharing the stage with Coleman Hawkins, Slam Stewart, and Erroll Garner.  One of Heath’s earliest big bands (1947-1948) in Philadelphia included John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Specs Wright, Cal Massey, Johnny Coles, Ray Bryant, and Nelson Boyd.  Charlie Parker and Max Roach sat in on one occasion.

During his career, Jimmy Heath has performed on more than 100 record albums including seven with The Heath Brothers and twelve as a leader.  Jimmy has also written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards and have been recorded by other artists including Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie J.J Johnson and Dexter Gordon.  Jimmy has also composed extended works - seven suites and two string quartets - and he premiered his first symphonic work, “Three Ears,” in 1988 at Queens College (CUNY) with Maurice Peress conducting.

After having just concluded eleven years as Professor of Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Heath maintains an extensive performance schedule and continues to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada.  He has also taught jazz studies at Jazzmobile, Housatonic College, City College of New York, and The New School for Social Research.  In October 1997, two of his former students, trumpeters Darren Barrett and Diego Urcola, placed first and second in the Thelonious Monk Competition.

Jazz radio host Eulis Cathey began his career as an on-air promotions producer in Dayton, OH and segued into radio and music production, where he's worked with Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Maysa, Bona Fide and many more.

Free with gallery admission; free admission for BPAC and Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society (PMLJS) members

Sponsored by the Liberty Partnerships Program at SUNY Buffalo State