has long been recognized as a brilliant
instrumentalist and a magnificent
composer and arranger. Jimmy is the
middle brother of the legendary Heath
Brothers (Percy Heath/bass and Tootie
Heath/drums), and is the father of Mtume.
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
Specs Wright, Cal Massey, Johnny Coles,
Ray Bryant, and Nelson Boyd.