The Heath Brothers

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The Heath Brothers
General information
Genre (s) Modern jazz
founding 1975
Founding members
Percy Heath
Jimmy Heath
Tootie Heath
Stanley Cowell
former members
Jon Faddis (1997)
Slide Hampton (1997)
Roland Hanna (1997)
Mark Elf (1997)
James Mtume (1997)
Earl Gardner (1998)
Joe Wilder (1998)
Benny Powell (1998)
John Clark (1998)
Bob Stewart (1998)
Jeff Patton (1998)
Tony Purrone

The Heath Brothers are an American jazz group around the brothers Albert, Percy and Jimmy Heath.

Band history

The Heath Brothers were founded in 1975 by tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath , bassist Percy Heath , drummer Albert Heath and pianist Stanley Cowell . Tony Purrone (guitar) and Jimmy Heath's son James Mtume (percussion) later joined the group. Albert "Tootie" Heath left the band in 1978 and was briefly replaced by Akira Tana before Tootie briefly returned to the band in 1982. At the end of the 1990s the formation was reactivated for two albums for Concord Records , which were recorded with renowned guest soloists. On the album As We Were Saying… apart from the brothers Heath Jon Faddis , Slide Hampton , Roland Hanna , Mark Elf and James Mtume took part; Earl Gardner , Joe Wilder , Benny Powell , John Clark and Bob Stewart also played on the following album, Jazz Family .

According to Sott Yanow in the All Music Guide , the Heath Brothers originally played hardbop , but also integrated influences from R&B.

After Percy Heath's death, the band consisted of Albert "Tootie" Heath, Jimmy Heath and various accompanying musicians. On the DVD, Brotherly Jazz: The Heath Brothers , recorded in 2004, shortly before Percy Heath's death, the brothers play together for the last time.

Discographic notes

Percy and Jimmy Heath

Heath Brothers albums

  • 1975: Marchin 'On ( Strata-East )
  • 1976: Heath Brothers & Les DeMerle : Smilin 'Billy Suite / A Day in the Life (Strata East, 1976, published 1998)
  • 1978: Passin 'Thru (Columbia)
  • 1979: Live At The Public Theater (Columbia)
  • 1979: In Motion (Columbia)
  • 1980: Expressions Of Life (Columbia)
  • 1981: Brotherly Love (Antilles)
  • 1981: Brothers And Others (Antilles)
  • 1997: As We Were Saying (Concord)
  • 1998: Jazz Family (Concord)


  • Brotherly Jazz: The Heath Brothers


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