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Saturday, February 01, 2014 // 8:00 PM

Ars Nova Workshop Presents: Tootie Heath-Ethan Iverson-Ben Street Trio

$15 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present Philadelphia legend Albert “Tootie” Heath along with Ethan Iverson and Ben Street in what is sure to be a very memorable evening.

Tootie, of course, is the youngest member of one of the first families of jazz, the Heath Brothers. Along with bassist Percy and saxophonist Jimmy, the Philadelphia-raised drummer became a first-call player while still a teenager, backing up visiting New York artists like Lester Young and Thelonious Monk. In the mid-sixties, Tootie began the first of many extended sojourns in Europe: when living in Copenhagen was the first-call drummer for any serious visiting Americans like Dexter Gordon and Jackie McLean. He was also a crucial member of one of Herbie Hancock’s first touring bands before joining one of Yusef Lateef’s most important groups. An endlessly open musician, his playing is featured on a wide range of projects, from those of Lester Young and Ben Webster to the abstractions of Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell. His first album Kawaida is the only studio meeting between Don Cherry and Herbie Hancock. Throughout his professional career of over fifty years, Heath has remained a crucial link to the art of be-bop drumming.

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