"Fathead" Newman's Granddaughter Reveals Plans for Two Dallas Memorials
She says that because the service has been hastily assembled, she's not sure what will take place, aside from some remarks and a poetry reading: "It's basically a gathering to honor and remember him." Family members are expected to attend, and she invites jazzers to the ceremony: "Anyone who would like to perform is more than welcome." Talibah, a recent graduate of Columbia University, is also working on a documentary about her grandfather: She's completed a 15-minute short, and hopes to assemble a feature-length version sooner than later." She adds that on or around February 24, there will be another Dallas celebration, most likely at the South Dallas Cultural Center. February 24 would have been David Newman's 76th birthday. After the jump, video of the man in action with Ray Charles.