KMHD interview with Jimmy Heath

KMHD Jazz Radio recently posted an interview with NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath by OPB contributor and PDX Jazz Board Member Deborah DeMoss Smith in anticipation of his performance with his brother Albert “Tootie” Heath at the Biamp PDX Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 18 with Javon Jackson’s Sax Appeal! Great seats are still available and you can get yours by clicking here.

“Jimmy Heath is the crème de la crème of jazz. He’s written more than 125 compositions and has been on 100-plus albums. At the age of 90, the jazz legend and beloved saxophonist and big band leader continues, indeed, to keep the music alive. He’ll perform at the PDX Jazz Festival February 18 at the Newmark Theatre.

Part I of II

If you could travel back in time, what era would you go to?

Before me, it was the swing era and that held over into the bebop generation. Bebop swings too, but just more intricate and maybe a little faster tempo. Going back means slowing down and that’s good for a person 90 years old!”

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