I enjoyed a live performance of one of my favorite jazz standards last night, Mal Waldron’s Soul Eyes from the tenor saxophone of the legendary Jimmy Heath. His tone was perfect, masterful. He turns 82 next month, but my how he can still blow. Backed by his former Queens College student, Jeb Patton on piano, David Wong on bass, and his “baby brother,” Albert “Tootie” Heath (who, by-the-way, nattily rocked a perfectly-knotted bowtie) holding it down on the drums, he brought the bop blessings. My friend, the jazz-loving Henry Adebonojo, beautifully photographed the shots below.
Jimmy Heath plays Billy Strayhorn’s “Daydream.”
Jeb Patton on piano; David Wong on bass.