A Conversation with Jimmy Heath

Jimmy Heath released an autobiography last year, I Walked With Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath, and as seen in the video above, stopped by The Leonard Lopate show on WNYC to talk about the book.

In their review of the book, All About Jazz wrote:

The title alone of Jimmy Heath’s marvelous memoir speaks volumes about the man. The NEA Jazz Master is himself an acknowledged giant among his peers and his choice to name the book as he did is an indication of both his great humility and self-effacing humor (in this case regarding his height).


Benny Carter, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Roy Haynes, Milt Jackson, Billy Mitchell, James Moody and Clark Terry are just some other giants whose words help tell the important story that stretches from the tail end of the big band era up to today. Heath’s own recounting of life on the road with the Nat Towles Big Band and its many trials with difficult travels in the days of Jim Crow racism is in itself historically important.

Hear more from Jimmy Heath on June 19 at 92nd Street Y during an intimate, one-on-one conversation about his legendary career, his craft and his personal perspectives on jazz. Joining him will be Joseph McLaren, co-author of I Walked with Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath.

As we transition to a brand new website this weekend, tickets sales will be temporarily unavailable on 92Y.org, but are available at the Box Office by calling 212.415.5500 or stopping by in person.

This event receives support from NEA Jazz Masters Live, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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