A Night With the Heath Brothers: The Opening Act That Closed the Show
At one point Jimmie looked at his watch and then to the right of the stage as if he expected one of those claw hooks to come out and grab him – I think maybe the guys had over stayed their “opening act” time limit. Thankfully, he turned around and kept on playing, jumping into a final tune I didn’t catch the name of but that sounded an awful lot like a Heath Brothers version of “A Night In Tunisia”. It probably wasn’t and if anyone else out there was lucky enough to have been at this concert and you know the tune, drop me an email; I’d love to find this on a CD somewhere – it was pure bop – mixing Latin phrases with swing just like Dizzy. Very satisfying.
Ok, so have you heard enough? No, not hardly, ‘cause even if you were there you’d want to be there still. If you missed this event, please go out and find the Heath Brothers music and tune in to a slice of jazz history that is as alive today as it was in the 1940’s. If you were there on March 23rd, count yourself among the blessed – remember it and also pass on the tale to the next generation like the Heath Brothers did with "the music" that night. You know, that was perhaps the most beautiful thing about the event – so many young faces in the audience and all of them stood up and cheered for the music. As they joined arms and took a bow, Jimmie, Albert, and Percy were beaming – so was the spirit of Bird who took a bow with them – he was fourth from the right.
We Three Kings: The Heath Brothers
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