Youngest of the three musical Heath brothers. Tootie's first record was also John Coltrane's first as a leader. John Lewis chose Tootie to be the last drummer for the Modern Jazz Quartet. Tootie was a regular member of bands led by Don Cherry, Kenny Drew, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Art Farmer / Benny Golson, Frederic Gulda (in a trio with Ron Carter), Tommy Flanagan, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, J.J. Johnson, Yusef Lateef, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Timmons, Lester Young, Cedar Walton and Ben Webster. Tootie performs with his brother Jimmy in the Heath Brothers Quartet.
Kenny broke in with Lee Konitz while still a teenager. He later joined Betty Carter and Johnny Griffin. Kenny has played and recorded with Ray Bryant, Tommy Flannagan, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Houston Person, Clark Terry and Frank Wess. His work with singers includes Andy Bey, Freddy Cole, Lena Horne, Etta Jones and Jane Monheit. He is a faculty member at The Julliard School of Music and Purchase College of the State University of New York. Kenny is the drummer for the Bill Charlap Trio.
A drummer since the age of 3, Joe was educated at the Manhattan School of Music and the Julliard School. He is the percussionist for Jonathan Batiste’s Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Joe also performs at jazz clubs, festivals and concert venues world-wide. He has recorded or performed with Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Dwayne Dolphin, Steve Wilson, Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, and Ellis Marsalis, and was featured on the HBO series Treme.
(1939-2014) An innovator in soul, funk, R&B and jazz, and a major recording artist (including more than 130 albums for Rudy Van Gelder), Idris was the drummer for classic albums and performances by Sam Cooke, Fats Domino and Curtis Mayfield and house drummer at the Apollo Theater. Original drummer for the Broadway musical hit, Hair. He was Roberta Flack's longtime drummer and worked extensively with Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, George Coleman and Ahmad Jamal. As a leader, Idris has recorded with Grover Washington, Jr. and Randy Brecker.
Billy began his career playing for Shirley Horn. He was the regular drummer for Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Stan Getz. Among his more than 600 recordings are two for Miles Davis, Big Fun and On the Corner. Billy has played and recorded with Chick Corea, Andrew Hill, Joao Gilberto, Pharaoh Sanders, Wayne Shorter and Cecil Taylor. He was a founding member of the Mingus Dynasty and Quest. Billy teaches at several music conservatories and universities. He is the leader of the Billy Hart Quartet.
Growing up in Chicago, Leroy played with bassist Wilbur Ware, saxophonist Eddie Harris and Miles Davis' future drummer Jack DeJohnette, who was then playing piano. Leroy has played and recorded with a host of jazz legends, including Pepper Adams, Ray Bryant, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Griffin, Clifford Jordan, Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk, James Moody, Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Rowles, Sonny Stitt, Teddy Wilson and Richard Wyands. Leroy is the drummer for the Barry Harris Trio.
Ben was the drummer for Thelonious Monk for six years and was a band member with Ray Bryant, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Ahmad Jamal and Sonny Rollins. He has played and recorded with Ron Carter, Milt Jackson, Sir Roland Hanna's New York Jazz Quartet, the New York Saxophone Quartet, Abdullah Ibrahim and Maria Muldaur. Ben is a co-founder of Sphere and is currently the leader of the Monk Tribute Band.
Sylvia was the drummer for the legendary trumpeter Clark Terry for 17 years and shared the bandstand with saxophonist Joe Henderson for 4 years. She has toured the world as the drummer for artists such as Billy Taylor, Houston Person, Etta Jones, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Kevin Mahgony and Charlie Hayden, and as the leader of her own groups. Sylvia is a long-time faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and has been an artist-in-residence at universities in the U.S. and Europe.