Philadelphia Jazz Dynasty — Albert “Tootie” Heath

By Suzanne Cloud

It was quite a place to grow up for a young man. His home at 1927 Federal Street in South Philadelphia was the place for musicians to hang and jam with his much older brothers: saxophonist Jimmy Heath and bassist Percy Heath. So it wasn’t hard to imagine that young Albert Heath, named “Tootie” by his grandfather for tutti-frutti ice cream in his youth, would…

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Suzanne Cloud

Writer, historian, jazz singer-songwriter, PhD American Studies. Author of Images of America: Philadelphia Jazz and the play “Last Call at the Downbeat”