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Jazz Master Jimmy Heath Brings his Quartet to FSU Nov. 22

Legendary jazz master and saxophonist Jimmy Heath will bring his style of jazz to Western Maryland on Saturday, Nov. 22, when the Jimmy Heath Quartet comes to Frostburg State University. Presented by the CES Jazz Club Sponsored by Kauffman Music, the renowned quartet will perform in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall in FSU’s Lane University Center at 8 p.m.

Prior to the concert, Heath will lead a discussion on his ensemble’s style of music and share his experiences in the jazz industry at an Arts Outreach session at 4:30 p.m. that is free and open to the public.

Recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist and magnificent composer and arranger, Heath, 81, began as a Charlie Parker disciple in the 1940s and made a leap from stylistic jazz by changing from alto saxophone to tenor and soprano sax. He has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years, from Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis. The jazz icon Gillespie said of him, “All I can say is, if you know Jimmy Heath, you know Bop.”

During his career, Heath has performed on more than 100 record albums, including seven with The Heath Brothers and 12 as a leader. He has written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards and have been recorded by other artists, including Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, J.J. Johnson and Dexter Gordon.

After having just concluded 11 years service as professor of music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queen College, Heath maintains an extensive performance schedule and continues to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe and Canada.

Tickets for the Jimmy Heath Quartet performance are $18 for adults and $13 for youth under 17. Group discount tickets are also available.

The Jimmy Heath Quartet performance at Frostburg State University is graciously supported by Allegany Aggregates Inc. The Cultural Events Series is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. MSAC funding is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

This engagement of Jimmy Heath Quartet is a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Tour funded by the Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program; and is an Arts for Adjudicated Youth program supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and by the National Endowment for the Arts. The CES Jazz Club is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit

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