“That was a song entitled ‘Sleeves,’” jazz icon Jimmy Heath informed the full house inside the Ladd Theatre. Then he added, “Based on ‘Autumn Leaves’, so I can have my royal-tees… if you please!” We were still laughing as Heath went on. “That was my one rap for the evening. That’s enough’a that!”
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone of any age who has a better time onstage than the 85-year old sax player and his “baby brother” Albert “Tootie” Heath, who’s just another jazz drummer in his 70’s who can still bring the noise when the moment calls for it. When the two brothers weren’t smiling and bopping to whatever tune was playing, they were sharing a smile that said, “Damn, this is fun!” That sense of fun is a major part of the breezy straight-ahead sound the brothers and their younger cohorts made.