sheldonm

Percy Heath R.I.P.

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:( I was talking to a friend that knows the Heath brothers quite well and he told me that Percy Heath is doing rather poorly, health wise. I didn't post this to alarm or to make assumtions but more of an fyi. He is due to turn 82 this Saturday and I hope we have him around for some time!

Mark

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About six weeks back, Jimmy Heath was in KC. He said Percy was starting chemotherapy.

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82 is old, period, but here's hoping for the best.

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About six weeks back, Jimmy Heath was in KC. He said Percy was starting chemotherapy.

My friend was going in the hospital as Jimmy was coming out and he said Percy was taking quite abit of pain medication; here's hoping for the best!

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Now here's an obituary I do not want to read for some time ... all the best to him! Always loved his bluesy feeling and elegant swing.

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That's looks like the instrument that Ray Brown gave him; beautiful!

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Now here's an obituary I do not want to read for some time ... all the best to him! Always loved his bluesy feeling and elegant swing.

I'm with you there!

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I went on a Jazz Cruise a few years back and wheeled Percy's bass for him the length of the ship for a venue change. It was just him and I and I'll never forget that feeling of walking him and his bass. What a humble person he is.

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The Modern Jazz Quartet was my gateway into jazz. Just the fact that some of you have interacted with Percy blows my mind. I sure hope he gets well soon and for years to come.

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The Modern Jazz Quartet was my gateway into jazz. Just the fact that some of you have interacted with Percy blows my mind. I sure hope he gets well soon and for years to come.

I met Percy a couple times; very nice guy to talk with and very engaging on stage.

Mark

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There might be others but Percy is the only living jazz musician I can think of who recorded with both Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman not to mention the hundreds of others he's worked and recorded with. Let's keep him in our thoughts

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There might be others but Percy is the only living jazz musician I can think of who recorded with both Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman...

Paul Bley, if private recordings count.

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Ditto on all the above. I hope he gets well soon. He'll be in my thoughts as well.

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Wasn't Percy a fighter pilot back in WWII? Astonishing to think that. Here's wishing Percy all the very best, a great man indeed.. :tup

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Wasn't Percy a fighter pilot back in WWII? Astonishing to think that. Here's wishing Percy all the very best, a great man indeed..  :tup

Yes, he was one of the famed "Tuskegee Airmen."

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He lives on Long Island, very close to me. He's been at a couple of festivals around here. His cohort, Connie Kay, would also be celebrating his birthday this week.

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I love his tone. With bassits like Charlie Mingus, and Paul Chambers, you can hear the strings vibrate, and what not, for lack of a better term. With Percy, its so clear, all you hear is the notes. Very clean and controlled.

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Wow. I hope he will be okay. Last spring I was walking in Manhattan and I spotted him walking along Broadway. I yelled "hey Percy" and gave a thumbs up he looked and smiled. No one else had a clue who he was. I guess that's good and bad.

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Wasn't Percy a fighter pilot back in WWII? Astonishing to think that. Here's wishing Percy all the very best, a great man indeed..  :tup

When I saw the Heath Brothers, Jimmy said Percy was a Tuskegee Airmen in WWII. Jimmy said, "how many missions did you fly, 42?" Percy said, "I don't remember." Jimmy said "stop being modest".

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He lives on Long Island, very close to me. He's been at a couple of festivals around here. His cohort, Connie Kay, would also be celebrating his birthday this week.

What part on Long Island?

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Wasn't Percy a fighter pilot back in WWII? Astonishing to think that. Here's wishing Percy all the very best, a great man indeed..  :tup

When I saw the Heath Brothers, Jimmy said Percy was a Tuskegee Airmen in WWII. Jimmy said, "how many missions did you fly, 42?" Percy said, "I don't remember." Jimmy said "stop being modest".

....all I know it that it takes a person with big balls :blink: to have flown those missions!

m-

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