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Harold Land - 100% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 December 1928, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 27 July 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA. Resident in San Diego, California from early childhood, tenor saxophonist Land practised extensively with Eric Dolphy, holding informal, all-day sessions at Dolphy’s home. Arising from the local fame these sessions engendered, Land was hired as replacement for Teddy Edwards in the Max Read more

Pepper Adams - 69% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Park Adams III, 8 October 1930, Highland Park, Michigan, USA, d. 10 September 1986, New York City, New York, USA. While Adams was still a child his family moved to Rochester, New York, where he became involved in the local jazz music scene. Inspired by Coleman Hawkins, Adams decided to become a tenor saxophone player, but quickly fell under the spell of Harry Carney, taking Read more

Al Cohn - 62% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 November 1925, New York City, New York, USA, d. 15 February 1988, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. As a teenager Cohn gained experience playing the tenor saxophone with Joe Marsala and Georgie Auld, for whom he also arranged. A forward-thinking musician, Cohn worked extensively in big bands during the mid-late 40s, most famously as a member of Woody Herman’s Four Brot Read more

Gigi Gryce - 61% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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28 November 1925, Pensacola, Florida, USA, d. 17 March 1983, Pensacola, Florida, USA. Alto saxophonist Gryce studied composition at Boston Conservatory and in Paris (with classicist Arthur Honegger) but then turned to jazz with spells in various bands, including that led by Tadd Dameron. In 1953 he was a member of the remarkable band with which Lionel Hampton toured Europe a Read more

Leo Parker - 58% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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18 April 1925, Washington, DC, USA, d. 11 February 1962, New York City, New York, USA. Starting out on alto saxophone, an instrument on which he recorded with Coleman Hawkins, Parker switched to baritone in 1944 when he joined the bebop-orientated big band led by Billy Eckstine. For the next year or so he was a member of the band’s so-called ‘unholy four’. Fel Read more

Manny Albam - 54% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Emmanuel Albam, 24 June 1922, Samana, Dominican Republic, d. 2 October 2001, Croton-On-Hudson, New York, USA. Raised in New York, Albam became interested in jazz as a child and occasionally sat in at a club in the Village, playing alto saxophone. At the age of 16 he graduated from high school and joined Muggsy Spanier’s band, then worked with Bob Chester before playing Read more

Arnett Cobb - 49% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 August 1918, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 24 March 1989, Houston, Texas, USA. Cobb began playing the tenor saxophone professionally in 1933. He spent several of his early years in the fine territory band led by Milt Larkin, a unit which numerous musicians of the older generation still hold in awe. Approached in 1941 by Lionel Hampton, who was then in the process of forming a n Read more

Teddy Edwards - 47% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Blues Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Theodore Marcus Edwards, 26 April 1924, Jackson, Mississippi, USA, d. 20 April 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA. As a child Edwards played alto saxophone with local bands and continued playing this instrument when he moved to Detroit in 1940. He toured with territory bands in Michigan and Florida including those led by Ernie Fields and Stack Walton. In the Walton band he p Read more

Sonny Red - 46% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Sylvester Kyner, 17 December 1932, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 20 March 1981, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Kyner made his first impact while still in his teens, playing alto saxophone with Barry Harris. This engagement spanned the end of the 40s and early 50s, and Kyner then spent a little while playing tenor saxophone before reverting to his first love, the alto. During the 50s h Read more

Philly Joe Jones - 44% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Rudolph Jones, 15 July 1923, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 30 August 1985, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Jones began his drumming career in his home town, later moving to New York where he worked with many leading bebop musicians. Despite this early exposure to Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and other innovators, Jones was able to adapt to the stylistic need Read more

Howard McGhee - 43% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 March 1918, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, d. 17 July 1987, New York City, New York, USA. During the late 30s, McGhee played trumpet in several territory bands in the Midwest before moving to Detroit, where he became well known in that city’s lively jazz scene. He first enjoyed major success with Lionel Hampton in 1941; however, he quickly moved on, joining Andy Kirk, for whom Read more

George Coleman - 40% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
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Paul Gonsalves - 40% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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12 July 1920, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 15 May 1974, London, England. Gonsalves’ first professional engagement in Boston was on tenor saxophone with the Sabby Lewis band, in which he played both before and after his military service during World War II. On leaving Lewis he played with Count Basie from 1946-49, was briefly with Dizzy Gillespie, and then joined Duke Read more

Terry Gibbs - 40% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Big Band & Swing Country & Bluegrass Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Julius Gubenko, 13 October 1924, New York City, New York, USA. After all-round study of percussion, Gibbs briefly played drums professionally before and during military service. After discharge he concentrated on vibraphone, working with leaders such as Tommy Dorsey, Chubby Jackson and Buddy Rich. At the end of the 40s he achieved international prominence thanks to a two-ye Read more

Cecil Payne - 36% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cecil McKenzie Payne, 14 December 1922, New York City, New York, USA, d. 27 November 2007, Camden, New Jersey, USA. After first learning guitar, alto saxophone and clarinet, Payne took up the baritone saxophone. In 1946, a year in which he played and recorded with J.J. Johnson and Roy Eldridge, he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band for a three-year stint. Leaving Gillesp Read more


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