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September 2019 - Feature Interview: Charles Rick Heath IV

Updated: Jan 19, 2021

Chicago Jazz Magazine Cover with Charles Rick Heath IV

Musician-Educator-Entrepreneur Charles Rick Heath IV sits down for the September 2019 Chicago Jazz Magazine feature interview.

Charles Rick Heath the IV is one of the most accomplished drummers/percussionists in the country. We talk with him about starting a new run as the percussionist for the musical "The Color Purple" at the Drury Lane Theater, a show he toured with for 2 years when it first premiered.

Charles also discusses his background, how he got started, his mentors, influences, the things he learned from touring as apart of the Ramsey Lewis Band and how it helped to change his way of thinking about music and business.

Charles also discusses the importance of passing the tradition on to the younger generation which lead him to start the Ken Chaney Scholarship Foundation and create the "Early Risers Jam Session" which is held on Sunday evenings at Andy's Jazz Club.

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