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The Heath Brothers

w/ Javon Jackson's Sax Appeal (Double Bill)

February 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm

- $29 - $59
Newmark Theatre

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In celebration of Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday, the 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents an exciting double bill featuring the legendary Heath Brothers along with Javon Jackson’s Sax Appeal.

Jimmy and Albert “Tootie” Heath have recorded and collaborated with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years. Saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath spent his formative years working with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Erroll Garner, and Coleman Hawkins. Likewise, drummer Tootie Heath has recorded and performed with John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, Art Farmer, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, Yusef Lateef and many others. While the two brothers recorded together on Jimmy’s solo records in the 1960s, it wasn’t until they formed The Heath Brothers with Percy Heath on bass and Stanley Cowell on piano that the Heaths became household names in the world of hard bop jazz. The Heath Brothers have released 10 albums, including Endurance, their 2009 comeback album. Over the years, the surviving Heath Brothers have performed on nearly 200 albums, and Jimmy Heath has garnered three Grammy® Award nominations. The story of the brothers’ life and music was documented in the 2006 film, Brotherly Music: The Heath Brothers.

passion and longevity…the endurance of warmly soulful bop.” – NPR


Javon Jackson is one of the world’s premiere contemporary tenor saxophonists, purveying a mix of hard bop with elements of funk and soul. Jackson has 14 albums to his credit as a bandleader and has appeared on nearly 150 records by other artists. He played in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and has also performed or recorded with Jimmy Cobb, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bobby Hutcherson, Stanley Turrentine, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Kenny Garrett, John Medeski, and Ben E. King, among others. Jackson, a festival stalwart, returns with his new project, Sax Appeal, which celebrates the saxophone legacy. For this For Portland Only performance, Sax Appeal will present the music of Dizzy Gillespie. This imposing group includes Donald Harrison, George Cables, David Williams and Willie Jones III. Jackson has thrilled Portland audiences over the past several years with high profile performances such as his world premiere Art Blakey tribute during the 2013 Festival, performing with Les McCann for his 80th birthday, and leading the Coltrane-inspired WE FOUR program with Jimmy Cobb. All of these shows sold out and this For Portland Only concert is sure to do the same.

There’s no disputing his improvisational agility or his abilities to deliver magnetic melodies and emotional heft.” – DownBeat