Heward & McPhee – Take 1, 2018 (excerpt)
Running time: 13:49 minutes / HD / black & white

On June 5th, 2018, after years of playing together, John Heward, a percussionist and Joe McPhee, a multi-instrumentalist came together to improvise. This diptych celebrates this occasion. This was John Heward’s last recording. He passed away on November 6th, 2018.

Camera: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: John Heward – percussion, Joe McPhee – saxophone

Joe McPhee is one of the leading figures in the history of “free jazz” and improvisation. A multi instrumentalist, (alto, tenor, soprano, saxophones, pocket trumpet, trombone), he has been an influential force sine the early 70s in the development and establishment of this music. He lives outside New York.

John Heward is internationally recognized as a percussionist/drummer in “free jazz” as well as being a well-known painter and sculptor. Heward has worked with Paul Bley, Steve Lacy, Joe McPhee, Malcolm Goldstein, Lori Freedman, Dana Reason and many other musicians.