Richard Sears & Tootie Heath

California native Richard Sears has distinguished himself as a fierce improvisor and ambitious composer, performing with some of the greats - Chick Corea, Johsua Redman, and Billy Hart to name a few. In 2013 The Los Angeles Jazz Society commisioned a five part suite to honor Drummer Tootie Heath, brother of saxophonist Jimmy Heath and double Bassist Percy Heath, began his career recording with John Coltrane and never looked back. At 80 he is still going strong, and appears on Richard Sears new recording - ALTADENA - due out on September 9th. Richard and Tootie are set to perform this weekend at the San Jose Jazz Summerfest, so if you're in the Bay Area don't miss this exciting set. Preorder ALTADENA right here