Tootie Heath-Ethan Iverson-Ben Street Trio

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For a young Albert Heath—the little drummer boy who would eventually come to be affectionately known as “Tootie”—a career in music was never up for debate. Growing up in the heart of Philadelphia, he followed his older brothers, Percy and Jimmy, who played bass and saxophone respectively, into the hazy mystique of the city’s illustrious jazz scene, soaking up a knowledge that led him to his first recording alongside none other than John Coltrane in 1957.

Now at 78 years young, Heath has more than established himself as one of the scene’s most standout performers, particularly in the hard bop subgenre. Over the last half-century, he has shared his talents with Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone and Dexter Gordon among an impressive list of others.  Whether adopting the role of bandleader, sideman or educator (he devotes part of his time to instructing at the Stanford Jazz Workshop), Heath never fails to add a fervent sort of energy to whatever his current project is.  And the years don’t appear to be slowing him down, as evidenced by Tootie’s Tempo, his most recent collaboration featuring pianist Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus) and celebrated double-bassist Ben Street. The record, which once again finds Heath holding the proverbial reigns, simultaneously honors the longstanding traditions of jazz while also offering a fresh take on classics like “The Charleston” and “Violets for Your Furs.” Like the legacy of the man himself, the music is guaranteed to transcend the boundaries of time. / JAKE ABBATE

8pm. $15. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. 215.545.4302. philartalliance.org

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Saturday, February 01, 2014
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251 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 02/01/2014. .

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