Albert Heath

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.



Albert Heath

Albert "Tootie" Heath (nato il 31 maggio 1935) è un batterista jazz hard bop statunitense, fratello del sassofonista tenore Jimmy Heath e del contrabbassista Percy Heath.[1]

Ha registrato per la prima volta nel 1957 con John Coltrane. Dal 1958 al 1974 lavorò, tra gli altri, con J. J. Johnson, Wes Montgomery, Art Farmer e il Jazztet di Benny Golson, Cedar Walton, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Drew, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Herbie Hancock, Friedrich Gulda, Nina Simone e Yusef Lateef. Nel 1975, lui, Jimmy e Percy formarono gli Heath Brothers. Rimase con il gruppo fino al 1978, poi lasciò per lavorare come freelance. Ha registrato molto durante la sua carriera.

Tra i suoi numerosi incarichi di insegnamento , Tootie Heath è un istruttore regolare allo Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Tootie Heath è  il produttore e leader di The Whole Drum Truth, un ensemble di batteria jazz con Ben Riley, Ed Thigpen, Jackie Williams, Billy Hart, Charlie Persip, Leroy Williams e Louis Hayes.