Albert Heath

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Albert "Tootie" Heath
Birth name Albert Heath
Born (1935-05-31) May 31, 1935 (age 79)
Genres Jazz
Instruments Drums
Years active 1957–present
Associated acts Heath Brothers

Albert "Tootie" Heath (born May 31, 1935) is an American jazz hard bop drummer, the brother of tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and the double-bassist Percy Heath.[1]

He first recorded in 1957 with John Coltrane. From 1958 to 1974 he worked with, among others, J. J. Johnson, Wes Montgomery, Art Farmer and Benny Golson's Jazztet, Cedar Walton, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Drew, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Herbie Hancock, Friedrich Gulda, Nina Simone, and Yusef Lateef. In 1975, he, Jimmy and Percy formed the Heath Brothers. He remained with the group until 1978, then left to freelance. He has recorded extensively throughout his career.

Among his many workshop and classroom teaching assignments, Tootie Heath is a regular instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Tootie Heath is now the producer and leader of The Whole Drum Truth, a jazz drum ensemble featuring Ben Riley, Ed Thigpen, Jackie Williams, Billy Hart, Charlie Persip, Leroy Williams and Louis Hayes.

Discography[edit]

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As sideman[edit]

With Walter Benton

With John Coltrane

With Art Farmer

With Benny Golson

With Dexter Gordon

With Bennie Green and Gene Ammons

With Herbie Hancock

With Jimmy Heath

With Milt Jackson

With J. J. Johnson

With Clifford Jordan

With Yusef Lateef

With Johnny Lytle

With Ronnie Mathews

With Charles McPherson

With Wes Montgomery

With Blue Mitchell

With Don Patterson

With Sonny Red

With George Russell

With Nina Simone

With Billy Taylor

With Bobby Timmons

With Mal Waldron

With Cedar Walton

With The Young Lions

With Michel Sardaby

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