This day (October 25, 1926), in Philadelphia, PA,, is born Jimmy Heath a.k.a Little Bird, an American jazz saxophonist .
Wikipedia : This day (October 25, 1926), in Philadelphia, PA,, is born Jimmy Heath a.k.a Little Bird, an American jazz saxophonist .
Jimmy Heath : 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. In 1948 at the age of 21, he performed in the First International Jazz Festival in Paris with McGhee, sharing the stage with Coleman Hawkins, Slam Stewart, and Erroll Garner.
@allmusic : During 1975-1982, Jimmy Heath teamed up with brothers Percy and Tootie in the Heath Brothers, and since then has remained active as a saxophonist and writer. In addition to his earlier Riverside dates, Jimmy Heath has recorded as a leader for Cobblestone, Muse, Xanadu, Landmark, and Verve.
@last.fm : He was out of music for several years in the 1950s, returning to work with Miles Davis in 1959, then with Kenny Dorham and Gil Evans. He also recorded extensively. During the 1960s, he frequently worked with Milt Jackson and Art Farmer. In 1975 he and his brothers formed the Heath Brothers.