Heath Brothers’ Jazz Port Townsend Concert on KPLU

Heath Brothers photo by Jim Levitt

The legendary Heath Brothers played the final concert of last Summer’s mainstage series at Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend, and that concert will be broadcast Sunday, December 5 at 1 PM PT on Jazz Northwest from 88-5, KPLU and streamed at kplu.org.

The Heath Brothers Quartet is fronted by NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Jimmy Heath and his brother, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath.  Between them, they have played with a long list of other jazz masters including John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins and many others. Together with their late brother, bassist Percy Heath, the Heath Brothers have toured widely and recorded extensively.

Appearing with the Heath Brothers in this festival concert are Jeb Patton, piano and David Wong, bass. The latest CD by the group is “Endurance” (Jazz Legacy).  Jimmy Heath has also recorded with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, performing his suite commissioned by the SRJO, “The Endless Search” (Origin).

Also on this week’s show is a brief visit to a downtown Port Townsend club following the concert for an intimate guitar duo with Graham Dechter and Dan Balmer.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88-5 KPLU and kplu.org. The program is also available as a podcast following the airdate.