HAVE MERCY DR. PERCY: A TRIBUTE TO PERCY HEATH
One of America’s National Treasures, Wilmington, North Carolina’s native Percy Heath was a stellar Jazzman, and an innovator on the string bass. After graduation from Williston High School at the top of his class, he became a fighter pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII. Percy performed with the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet for more than 40 years, and his bass playing can be heard on more than 350 recordings. He has performed with a long list of Jazz luminaries, including his two brothers, Jimmy Heath (tenor saxophone) and Albert “Tootie” Heath (drums), known as the Heath Brothers. This documentary includes footage from a workshop and performance on cello in Wilmington. During that visit, Percy Heath received a star in the sidewalk of Wilmington’s Walk of Fame, an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from UNCW, and the Living Legend Award from the Black Arts Alliance. Percy died in 2005, just two days shy of his 82nd birthday.