Another excellent installment of the
“Jazz Master Class Series from NYU” is a two-DVD set featuring
brothers Jimmy (1926 – ) and Percy Heath (1923 – 2005),
whose careers began during the 1940’s. I believe that it was
taped in 2004 and released during 2007, under the
Artists House label.
This disc followed the usual format for the series, with
Jazz historian and authority, Gary Giddins (1948 – ),
providing his remarkable knowledge and thoughts, before
introducing the artists to a small New York University audience.
The musicians who performed for and later “sat in” with
the Heath brothers included a tenor saxophonist, trumpeter,
guitarist, drummer, bassist, and pianist. Master of Ceremonies,
Dr. David Schroeder, presided over the affair and interviewed
the six workshop participants, before and after the
Jazz Master Class.
The running time for Disc One was approximately one hour
and 40 minutes. The sole contents of Disc Two were
approximately two and one-half hours of interviews. I felt that
being able to hear tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and
bassist Percy Heath perform and share their recollections was
worth the price of admission alone. These discs are essential
viewing for Jazz aficionados and educators, and “good stuff”
from a great series!