AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
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Bill Heid and George Heid musically came of age in the golden era of jazz. Learning by hearing groups in the greatest music institutes like the Hurricane Bar and the Crawford Grill. This re-union teams Bill up with his brother (and recording engineer) George Heid.
Bill Heid, born in Pittsburgh, this keyboard/vocalist has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, and the Far East, including a three year stay in Japan. From 1965 through the mid-70's, he worked the Hammond B-3 organ "chitlin clubs" with his own groups and with jazz greats such as Sonny Stitt, David "Fathead" Newman, Grachan Monchur, Mickey Roker, Billy James, Joe Dukes, Roger Humphries, Rodney Whitaker, Robert Hurst, Grant Green, Jimmy Ponder, and Henry Johnson. Bill has toured Viet Nam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia as Jazz Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department, returning to those countries for an extended tour a year later, then backed vocalist Jay Klum on another Ambassadors tour to five African countries in 2004. Bill now spends the majority of the year in Shanghi, China where he will return to the end of this month.
Bill's discography, of over a half dozen CD's, features him on the Hammond B-3. His first piano release, as a leader was with bassist Dwayne Dolphin, drummer Roger Humphries, and percussionist George Jones.
Dwayne Dolphin is a veteran player of multiple basses: the acoustic, electric, and piccolo bass, and has performed all over the world with the legendary masters of Jazz and Funk music. Dwayne’s career began over twenty five years ago with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet.
Hank Crawford became the training ground for this young bassist that baptize him in the world of the Blues. It was at this point Dwayne began his rites of passage that created a demand for his skill with the likes of Hank Jones, Abbey Lincoln, Stanley Turrentine, John Hicks, Geri Allen, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker.
Special friends have been invited to come and sit in. Finally, to add to the evenings musical offering, a young trio representing the next generation will feature Patrick Susoeff on Piano, Miles Jackson on Bass and George Von Heid on Drums will play during the regular groups breaks.