Jimmy Heath Similar Artists

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

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - 74% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Blues Jazz Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 March 1922, New York City, New York, USA, d. 3 November 1986, Culver City, California, USA. Davis began to make his mark on the jazz scene in his home town when he worked at Clark Monroe’s Uptown House in the late 30s. Despite this establishment’s close ties with the emergence of bebop a few years later, Davis’ tenor saxophone playing was rooted in swing and Read more

Pepper Adams - 71% 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

Freddie Redd - 67% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 May 1928, New York City, New York, USA. A self-taught pianist, Redd worked semi-professionally for a number of years, then led his own small groups in and around his home town. In the early 50s he began working with established leaders including Tiny Grimes, Cootie Williams and Charles Mingus. During the rest of the decade he played with jump bands, including a precursor Read more

Dizzy Reece - 64% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Alphonso Son Reece, 5 January 1931, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. After playing in Jamaica as a young teenager, trumpeter Reece moved to the UK in 1948. Over the next few years he established a reputation in the UK and throughout Europe, working mostly with bop musicians like Kenny Graham, Victor Feldman and Tubby Hayes. Reece also occasionally played with leading swing er 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 - 60% 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

Al Cohn - 59% 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

Lucky Thompson - 57% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eli Thompson, 16 June 1924, Columbia, South Carolina, USA, d. 30 July 2005, Seattle, Washington, USA. Thompson’s professional career began in the early 40s as a sideman in territory bands. After moving to New York in 1943 he played tenor saxophone in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Don Redman, Billy Eckstine, Lucky Millinder and in 1944 joined Count Basie. On the west coas Read more

Manny Albam - 56% 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

Marty Paich - 48% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marty Louis Paich, 23 January 1925, Oakland, California, USA, d. 12 August 1995, Hidden Hills, California, USA. While still undergoing a long and thorough academic training, Paich began writing arrangements. After military service, during which he was able to continue his musical career, he returned to his studies and by the end of the 40s had gained numerous qualifications. Read more

Teddy Edwards - 47% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz 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

Elmo Hope - 46% match to Jimmy Heath

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s
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St. Elmo Sylvestor Hope, 27 June 1923, New York City, New York, USA, d. 19 May 1967, New York City, New York, USA. Influenced by Bud Powell, Hope was regarded by some as a mere imitator. However he did develop his own highly individual piano style, drawing on blues and soul for inspiration. Hope first worked with Joe Morris, touring with his orchestra from 1948-51. In the 50 Read more

Howard McGhee - 45% 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


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