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  • Steve Heckman (2006)

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    Steve Heckman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on 7/20/50. He grew up at an opportune time, getting exposed to the best jazz in the world during one of jazz's most creative periods. He began clarinet at 12, then alto and tenor sax, ultimately choosing tenor as his favorite horn. Over the years he also added soprano and baritone sax, as well as flute and alto flute. He has written 75 original jazz tunes. He is self-taught in improvisation, but thanks teachers Allen Fields, Ray Musiker and Carmine Caruso for assistance in the theoretical and technical grounding necessary to blow decent jazz.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 John Coltrane The New Wave (LP) Nature Boy (Impulse)
    # 2 Jimmy Giuffre The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet The Sheepherder (Collectables)
    # 3 Eric Dolphy Last Date (LP) The Madrig Speaks, The Panther Walks (Limelight)
    # 4 Zoot Sims Zoot Sims Plays Four Altos (LP) Let's Not Waltz Tonight (Impulse)
    # 5 Sonny Rollins Alfie On Impulse (Impulse)
    # 6 Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan Getz Meets Mulligan in Hi-Fi Too Close for Comfort (Verve)
    # 7 Yusef Lateef Into Something Koko's Tune (OJC)
    # 8 Wayne Shorter Native Dancer From the Lonely Afternoons (Columbia)
    Book The Collected Works of Carl Jung; or Sri Aurobindo, "A Life Divine"
    Luxury Item A Sharper Image massage chair
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 Gene Ammons Early Visions (LP) N/A (Cadet)
    Alt 2 John Coltrane A Love Supreme N/A (Impulse)
    Alt 3 Miles Davis with John Coltrane Miles Davis in Stockholm, 1960 On Green Dolphin Street (Dragon)
    Alt 4 Miles Davis Kind of Blue N/A (Columbia)
    Alt 5 Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan Two of a Mind N/A (RCA)
    Alt 6 Grant Green Grantstand N/A (Blue Note)
    Alt 7 Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz Live at the Montmartre Club (LP) 317 E 32nd St (Storyville)
    Alt 8 Charlie Parker The World of Charlie Parker (LP) N/A (Roost)
    Alt 9 Sonny Rollins The Alternative Sonny Rollins (LP) 52nd Street Theme (RCA)
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