2005 – Percy Heath, whose gentle swinging bass und…

2005 – Percy Heath, whose gentle swinging bass underpinned the Modern Jazz Quartet for more than 40 years, dies of bone cancer in Southampton, N.Y. He is 81. Heath was an original member of the group known around the world as the MJQ, along with pianist John Lewis, vibraharpist Milt Jackson and drummer Kenny Clarke.

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