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David "Fathead" Newman

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February 24, 1933 - January 20, 2009


This segment featuring David "Fathead" Newman was filmed in 1993.


David "Fathead" Newman, tenor sax
Steve Nelson, vibes
Walter Bishop Jr., piano
David Williams, bass
Eddie Gladden, drums

After graduating from high school in Dallas, David Newman started playing locally on flute and tenor saxophone.

After two years at Christian College studying music and theology he went on the road touring the United States with and toured with Charlie Parker's mentor, Buster Smith.

In 1954 David Newman joined Ray Charles' band where he remained for twelve years.

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