Albert Tootie Heath

Albert Tootie Heath & sextet -- September 27, 1981 -- photo by Mark Weber ---- Tootie will be Live in-studio guest this day on the Thursday jazz show, as well, drummer John Trentacosta, both down from Santa Fe for their gig at the Outpost Performance Space this night

Albert Tootie Heath & sextet — September 27, 1981 — photo by Mark Weber —- Tootie will be Live in-studio guest this day on the Thursday jazz show, as well, drummer John Trentacosta, both down from Santa Fe for their gig at the Outpost Performance Space this night

The Thursday Jazz Radio Show

November 3, 2o16 Jazz @ Noon every Thursday (starts at 12:07 after the satellite news) Host MARK WEBER KUNM Albuquerque, USA 89.9 FM (Mountain Standard Time) also streaming on the web KUNM.org Current time zone offset: UTC*/GMT -6 hours (*Coordinated Universal Time)/Greenwich Mean Time)

ALBERT TOOTIE HEATH

I used to ask the somewhat dumb question: What are you thinking while soloing? Which, at the very least, served as an opening into this subject (I don’t ask that one anymore) —- Art is an artifact of our prelinguistic past — before the auspicious mutation occurred that allowed humankind to adapt their larynx to more articulate speech, and for speech to become symbolic speech aka language —- Before all that we humans communicated via a variety of intuition and art.

Nowadays there are a multiplicity of ways you can find your music. But only on a one-of-a-kind radio show broadcast in the old-fashioned way (“terrestrial radio” it is now known as, as opposed to webstreams and whatever else is out there) can you hear a live in-person maestro of the drums. Today Albert Tootie Heath will be visiting with us!

Albert Tootie Heath Sextet -- Kinsey Auditorium, Exposition Park, USC, Los Angeles -- September 27, 1981 -- Tootie (timbales), Joel Gains (elec-piano), John Warfel (elec-bass), David Gains (woodwinds), Ronnie Carpenter (drums), Dorian Holly (vocals & piano) -- photo by Mark Weber

Albert Tootie Heath Sextet — Kinsey Auditorium, Exposition Park, USC, Los Angeles — September 27, 1981 — Tootie (timbales), Joel Gains (elec-piano), John Warfel (elec-bass), David Gains (woodwinds), Ronnie Carpenter (drums), Dorian Holly (vocals & piano) — photo by Mark Weber

We'll be asking Tootie all about Dexter on the show, of whom he worked with voluminously -- this is Dexter visiting back home in L.A. December 23, 1976 w/ Frank DeLaRosa on bass at The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach -- photo by Mark Weber ----- and in terms of just saxophonists Tootie has worked with we could ask him about Ben Webster, Yusef Lateef, Sonny Rollins, Cecil Payne, Clifford Jordan, Anthony Braxton, Harold Land, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson, Eddie Harris, Roscoe Mitchell, Teddy Edwards, John Coltrane, Frank Morgan, Lee Konitz, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, on & on & on, or, as long as we've been on a Sweden kick lately we could ask him about Monica Zetterlund . . . .

We’ll be asking Tootie all about Dexter on the show, of whom he worked with voluminously — this is Dexter visiting back home in L.A. December 23, 1976 w/ Frank DeLaRosa on bass at The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach — photo by Mark Weber —– and in terms of just saxophonists Tootie has worked with we could ask him about Ben Webster, Yusef Lateef, Sonny Rollins, Cecil Payne, Clifford Jordan, Anthony Braxton, Harold Land, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson, Eddie Harris, Roscoe Mitchell, Teddy Edwards, John Coltrane, Frank Morgan, Lee Konitz, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, on & on & on, or, as long as we’ve been on a Sweden kick lately we could ask him about Monica Zetterlund . . . .

Gary Foster-Alan Broadbent Quintet at Chaffey College, Alta Loma, California -- April 19, 1980 -- Steve Solder, drums; Putter Smith, bass; Danny Embree, guitar; Gary Foster, sax; Alan Broadbent, piano ---- photo by Mark Weber

Gary Foster-Alan Broadbent Quintet at Chaffey College, Alta Loma, California — April 19, 1980 — Steve Solder, drums; Putter Smith, bass; Danny Embree, guitar; Gary Foster, sax; Alan Broadbent, piano —- photo by Mark Weber

Left to right: Horace Tapscott, Moises Obligacion, Lester Robertson outside Immanuel United Church of Christ, 85th & Holmes, Los Angeles, for their regular last-Sunday-of-the-month concert -- June 28, 1981 -- photo by Mark Weber -- Lester was one of Horace's closest friends, and the trombonist on some of Gerald Wilson Orchestra's great recordings, as well as with Dizzy Gillespie, among others, was the trombonist in Eric Dolphy's last quintet before he moved to NYC -- Moises played conga in the Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra

Left to right: Horace Tapscott, Moises Obligacion, Lester Robertson outside Immanuel United Church of Christ, 85th & Holmes, Los Angeles, for their regular last-Sunday-of-the-month concert — June 28, 1981 — photo by Mark Weber — Lester was one of Horace’s closest friends, and the trombonist on some of Gerald Wilson Orchestra’s great recordings, as well as with Dizzy Gillespie, among others, was the trombonist in Eric Dolphy’s last quintet before he moved to NYC — Moises played conga in the Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra

Bill Berry L.A. Big Band at Bonaventure Hotel -- August 29, 1979 -- Bill (cornet), Monty Budwig (bass), Dave Frishberg(piano), I recognize on saxophones: Bob Cooper, Marshall Royal, Med Flory -- photo by Mark Weber

Bill Berry L.A. Big Band at Bonaventure Hotel — August 29, 1979 — Bill (cornet), Monty Budwig (bass), Dave Frishberg(piano), I recognize on saxophones: Bob Cooper, Marshall Royal, Med Flory — photo by Mark Weber

The Heath Brothers at Rumsey's, Redondo Beach, California -- Sept 27, 1979 -- Percy Heath (bass), Jimmy Heath (soprano saxophone), Tony Purrone (guitar) -- photo by Mark Weber

The Heath Brothers at Rumsey’s, Redondo Beach, California — Sept 27, 1979 — Percy Heath (bass), Jimmy Heath (soprano saxophone), Tony Purrone (guitar) — photo by Mark Weber

Percy Heath and Stanley Cowell -- September 27, 1979 -- photos by Mark Weber

Percy Heath and Stanley Cowell — September 27, 1979 — photos by Mark Weber

H. Ray Crawford (aka Ray Crawford who played guitar on OUT OF THE COOL) -- either March 30 or April 6, 1980 (Ray had a regular gig there at this lounge: Widow Brumms, Claremont, California, just off the 10 Frwy on Indian Hill Blvd) that's Dumas on drums -- photo by Mark Weber

H. Ray Crawford (aka Ray Crawford who played guitar on OUT OF THE COOL) — either March 30 or April 6, 1980 (Ray had a regular gig there at this lounge: Widow Brumms, Claremont, California, just off the 10 Frwy on Indian Hill Blvd) that’s Dumas on drums — photo by Mark Weber

The Harold Land - Warne Marsh Quintet on Sunset Boulevard at the Hyatt Hotel w/ Albert Tootie Heath -- April 12, 1985 -- photo by Mark Weber

The Harold Land – Warne Marsh Quintet on Sunset Boulevard at the Hyatt Hotel w/ Albert Tootie Heath — April 12, 1985 — photo by Mark Weber

Postcard from Connie -- postdated March 11, 2002 ---- her memorial Love & Music: A Celebration of Connie Crothers will be Sunday 4pm November 13, 2o16 at Roulette in Brooklyn, I will see you there, I wrote a poem for her that I will perform in duet with my ally & bassist Ratzo Harris -- there will be over 70 performers throughout the event, all of them from the universe of Connie Crothers

Postcard from Connie — postdated March 11, 2002 —- her memorial Love & Music: A Celebration of Connie Crothers will be Sunday 4pm November 13, 2o16 at Roulette in Brooklyn, I will see you there, I wrote a poem for her that I will perform in duet with my ally & bassist Ratzo Harris — there will be over 70 performers throughout the event, all of them from the universe of Connie Crothers

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  1. —————————-playlist—————————————–
    The Whole Drum Truth Jazz Radio Show
    November 3, 2o16
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER
    Guests: John Trentacosta, Loren Bienvenu, Albert Tootie Heath

    1. Heath Brothers “Dave’s Haze”(Percy) –Feb.1997 cd AS WE WERE SAYING
    *Tootie explained that Percy’s nickname for Miles Davis was “Dave” w/Mark Elf, guitar; Sir Roland Hanna, piano
    2. Bill Jennings w/Leo Parker(bari), George DeHart(d) — “Fine & Dandy” –July 1954 — left-handed guitarist who played with Louis Jordan ———- Tootie never heard of DeHart —– I played the track as Tootie
    at his drum clinics explains how when he was a teenager he’d go down to Atlantic City and see Bill
    Jennings w/ Bill Doggett(organ) and Chris Colombo(drums) play on the sidewalk outside one of the
    big clubs ————- Colombo had a motorcycle seat that had a spring that bounced up and down in
    rhythm that he used as his drum throne
    3. Louis Jordan (pre-Tympany Five era) w/ Chris Colombo “Boogie Woogie Blue Plate” & Wild Bill Davis
    on piano(!)——23apr47
    4. Wild Bill Davis Trio “Oh-ah-de-de-de” –16apr52 w/ Bill on his organ; Chris Colombo, drums; Bill Jennings, guitar———-the Lp notes claim Floyd Smith is on guitar, but Tom Lord Discography says it’s Bill—-album WILD BILL DAVIS AT BIRDLAND (Epic)
    5. Tootie Heath “Oops” — cd KWANZA (Xanadu)–1973 w/ Jimmy Heath, flute; Percy Heath, bass (his
    composition), and Tootie on drums———just the 3 brothers
    6. Tootie solo album (he stresses that there are no overdubs on this complicated music) “Night in Sweden” (aka Night in Tunisia he revealed)——–1998———-THE OFFERING
    7. Tootie — 1973 from KWANZA “Dunia”

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