David ‘Fathead’ Newman (1933-2009)

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Taken On: March 30th, 2007

Taken At: The Jazz Cellar

David Fathead Newman passed away on January 20th, 2009 due to pancreatic cancer. He was a five time visitor to Vancouver appearing frequently with local musicians, Tilden Webb, Jodi Proznick and Jesse Cahill.

Two years ago I was contacted by an editor at Wikipedia and asked if I would allow my photo be used in David’s wikipedia entry. I had since forgotten about this but it was a pleasant and slightly humbling experience to visit the page today and see my photo.

Although I saw him play numerous times, and photographed him twice in Vancouver, I didn’t know him that well and only shared a few words around the Jazz Cellar but he was always was a warm personality on and off stage. While sitting next to him at the bar, someone asked him about his portrayal in the movie Ray, which was less then flattering. There was air of collective awkwardness after the question was posed, but his response was honest and humble. He replied that the portray was accurate. I can only hope to look back on mistakes in my past with that much acceptance one day.

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Tardo Hammer with Grant Stewart

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Taken At: The Jazz Cellar

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Roy Styffe with the Ken Lister Sextet

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Taken On: Dec 21st, 2008

Taken At: The Jazz Cellar

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Joe Poole with Chris Davis Sextet

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Taken At: The Jazz Cellar

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Ken Lister and Roy Styffe

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Taken At: The Jazz Cellar

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Jesse Cahill with Grant Stewart

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Taken At: The Jazz Cellar

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Grant Stewart with Tardo Hammer

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Taken At: The Jazz Cellar

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Denzal Sinclaire with the B3 Kings

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Taken At: The Jazz Cellar

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Chris Gestrin with the B3 Kings

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Taken At: The Jazz Cellar

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Les McCann at the Jazz Cellar

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Taken At: The Jazz Cellar

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Javon Jackson with Les McCann

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Taken At: The Jazz Cellar

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Hadley Caliman with the Chris Gestrin Trio

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Taken at:The Jazz Cellar

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