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Posted on: November 19, 2012

PJS Jazz Society - Founded in 1980—and still swingin’!

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2012.

PJS Jazz Society to Present Legendary Jazz Master Jimmy Heath on December 9

Mount Vernon, NY – The PJS Jazz Society will continue with its Second Sunday Jazz Series concert season with saxophonist-composer and legendary 2003 NEA Jazz Master inductee Jimmy Heath on SUNDAY—December 9 at the First Presbyterian Church on North Columbus Avenue in Mount Vernon. Doors open at 5 PM, there is an opening set by younger jazz musicians at 5:15, and then Heath and his band will perform from 6:30-9 PM.

Tickets are $20 for non-members; $12 for PJS members. Concerts are held in a cabaret setting, with food and beverages available for purchase.

The middle of the three Heath brothers, Jimmy Heath is best known for his tenor saxophone playing (though he is fluid on soprano sax and flute as well), and as a talented arranger-composer whose originals include the jazz staples “C.T.A.” and “Gingerbread Boy.” Originally an alto saxophonist and nicknamed “Little Bird” because of stylistic similarities to Charlie Parker, Heath worked with Howard McGhee and the Dizzy Gillespie big band between 1947 and 1950. In the late 1950s, Heath played with Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham and Gil Evans before recording his own dates as a leader for the Riverside label. Through the 1960s, Heath teamed up with Milt Jackson and Art Farmer before joining his brothers Percy and Tootie in the Heath Brothers, an influential post-bop band.

In the 1980s, he joined the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in the City University of New York. With the rank of Professor, he led the creation of the Jazz Program at Queens College. Heath was instrumental in the restoring the Louis and Lucille Armstrong residence in Corona, Queens (near his own home) and turning it into a museum. A 2003 recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award, Heath has been a regular educator-performer at Jazzmobile for over two decades.

The rest of the PJS 2012-2013 season features: stellar trombonist Wycliffe Gordon on January 13; tenor sax titan Joe Lovano on February 10; jazz vocalist Laura Mann on March 10; and the Annual Tribute to a Legend concert (artist to be announced later) on April 14.    

The PJS Jazz Society presents the best in jazz every Second Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, September through April. Area music fans know well enough that the PJS offers one of the best jazz “hangs” in Westchester. Held in the parish hall of the First Presbyterian Church, there is a decent break in the proceedings after the headliner finishes the first set, and often during the second set many of the jazz musicians in attendance make their way to the bandstand for a jam session. A tremendous spirit of generosity rules throughout, with much sharing of food and beverages at the tables, and bursts of laughter often punctuate the evening as a sly comment or gesture hits home.

Additional parking at the Holmes School (entrance on Columbus Avenue). Concerts are possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Who: Saxophonist-composer and legendary NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath

What: Second Sunday Jazz Series concert

Where: First Presbyterian Church
199 North Columbus Ave.
Mount Vernon, NY

When:  Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 5:15-9:00 PM

Tickets: $12 members; $20 non-members

For more information call Greg at (914) 793-7179 or visit www.pjsjazz.org

 

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