Jimmy Heath Memorial Celebration

The life and work of Jimmy Heath, legendary saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator and NEA Jazz Master, will be honored at a musical celebration on Thursday, March 12, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

The celebration will be open to the public and the general seating area will become available on a first come first serve basis. Seating in Rose Theater is limited, and Jazz at Lincoln Center reserves the right to close admission based on capacity.

The Jimmy Heath Memorial Celebration will webcast live via

Called “a jazz eminence, and an ambassador from an earlier time who never lost his hunger for fresh inspiration” by the NY Times, Jimmy Heath was a guiding force in the jazz community with a career spanning more than seven decades. His earliest career highlights include long-term partnerships with icons like Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis, and after 70 years he remained a major fixture and creative leader in jazz. He released over 100 albums and his compositions have been recorded throughout the jazz world by Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, and countless others. Mr. Heath led his own Big Band, worked with various small groups, and co-led the highly successful Heath Brothers. 

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