J. C. Heard

Born: 
08/10/1917
City: 
Dayton
Region: 
Ohio
Country: 
USA
Died: 
09/27/1988
Years Active: 
1939-1980's
Instruments: 
Drums

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James Charles Heard was an American swing, bop and blues drummer. He obtained his first important professional job with Teddy Wilson in 1939 and continued performing into the 1980s. He performed with Lena Horne, Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon, Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, Erroll Garner, Jazz at the Philharmonic, Pete Johnson, Charlie Parker, Sir Charles Thompson, Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge besides leading his own groups.

In 1946-47, he recorded with top bop musicians, led his own band at Cafe Society, was a member of Erroll Garner's trio, and toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic. In the years 1953 through 1957, he spent time in Japan as a singer/entertainer, mentoring young Japanese singers and musicians like Yukimura Izumi, George Kawaguchi and Franky Sakai. During 1957-66 he freelanced in New York (playing with the Coleman Hawkins-Roy Eldridge Quintet and with Teddy Wilson's trio in 1961). In 1966 J.C. Heard moved to Detroit where he worked as a bandleader and a mentor to younger musicians into the mid-'80s.

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Cab Calloway 03/17/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cab Calloway 03/18/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cab Calloway 03/19/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cab Calloway 03/20/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cab Calloway 03/21/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cab Calloway 03/22/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cab Calloway 03/23/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Jazz at the Philharmonic 11/11/1947 Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Jazz Concert 03/29/1948 Wyoming Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 11/13/1948 Masonic Temple Detroit Michigan USA
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 11/16/1948 Moore Theatre Seattle Washington USA
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 11/16/1948 Denman Auditorium Vancouver British Columbia Canada
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 11/20/1948 Long Beach Municipal Auditorium Long Beach California USA
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 11/22/1948 Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles California USA
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 11/23/1948 Oakland Auditorium Oakland California USA
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 09/26/1953 Broadway-Capitol Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Jazz @ the Philharmonic 10/12/1953 IMA Auditorium Flint Michigan USA
Verve Recording Session 06/26/1957 WOR Recording Studios NYC New York USA
Arnett Cobb Recording Session 11/01/1960 Van Gelder Studio (EC) Englewood Cliffs New Jersey USA
John Wright Recording Session 11/08/1960 Van Gelder Studio (EC) Englewood Cliffs New Jersey USA
Arnett Cobb Recording Session 11/30/1960 Van Gelder Studio (EC) Englewood Cliffs New Jersey USA
Gene Ammons Recording Session 01/26/1961 Van Gelder Studio (EC) Englewood Cliffs New Jersey USA
Gene Ammons Recording Session 01/27/1961 Van Gelder Studio (EC) Englewood Cliffs New Jersey USA
Jazz in Suburbia 06/23/1961 Shain Park Birmingham Michigan USA
J. C. Heard 07/24/1970 Golden Falcon Ann Arbor Michigan USA

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