David Fathead Newman Lights Up Tucson

Jazz is an art form that gets the brain and the backside moving in tandem.  Cannonball Adderley preached this gospel, and even the great Duke Ellington was described as a “mixture of the gutbucket and the sublime.”  When the magic happens, it’s impossible to stay in your seat.  You just gotta get up and move.

Saxophone and flute titan David “Fathead” Newman embodies the idea that jazz motivates on every level.  When he breathes his soul into his burnished horn, we feel it….like lightning up the spine.  For those of us who could use a little aural stimulation, the Tucson Jazz Society is delighted to present Mr. David Newman for one night only, accompanied in swinging style by the Tucson Jazz Orchestra.

The Corsicana Texas native celebrated his 75th birthday this year, and he refuses to let off the gas, touring continually and recording 7 albums in 7 years for the High Note label.  His latest effort, Diamondhead, showcases David at his soulful best, working out on hard bop burners, and pure Texas R&B.        

We spoke with David recently from his home in Woodstock New York, and found the elder statesmen in a relaxed and congenial mood, musing about his prolific recording career, and the saxophonists whom he enjoys today. 

“High Note Records has been good too me.  I’ve been doing this for 50 years, and they let me make my own decisions, and trust that I know what I need to do.”  David loves recording and delights in working with fellow jazz legends like pianist Cedar Walton, his high school classmate, and trombonist Curtis Fuller.  Regarding the state of the jazz saxophone today, Mr. Newman feels the horn is in good stead.  “I really like Joe Lovano, Eric Alexander, and Jimmy Heath.  They’re doing some interesting things on the horn, and they’re true professionals.”

Newman brings his famous saxophone sound to Tucson on July 5th.  Hear him in a big band setting, accompanied by the Tucson Jazz Orchestra for one night only.  Don’t miss your chance to hear jazz at its visceral best…soulful, swinging, and passionate.  You just might move that backside of yours.  And if you don’t, we might check your pulse.


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