In my excitement I inadvertently left out comments by Stew Barnett and Bobby Hales that were aired with the interview. I've now added them so you all have to go back and read the whole thing
It would be nice if those of you who knew Fras, played with him, or just have anything to say about him or his music, would add your comments here. It would make a great, ongoing tribute to the man who made such an immeasurable contribution to Canadian jazz.
As for me, I wasn't close to the man but knew him from the early seventies and saw him fairly often as we were neighbours. I never met a nicer guy. When I asked him to play a benefit for the Vancouver Jazz Society in 1979 he didn't hesitate to offer his support.
A little anecdote: In those days Jack Wasserman wrote a daily "around town" type of column for the Sun which everybody read. Anyone doing anything in town tried to get a mention in the column. Kind of like in the movie, Sweet Smell of Success
. I don't know how many times I called Wasserman's office with what I hoped were interesting enough little tidbits about shows I was putting on - hoping to make it into his column. Nothing worked. Then the day we opened our club above the Legion on 4th Avenue, the first guy through the door was Fraser MacPherson. (Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh were on that night.) Later that night I whispered to a friend something like "It's so great that Fras was the first guy through that door on our opening night!" That's exactly what appeared in Wasserman the next morning! I have no idea how it got there.
The last time I saw Fraser I was riding my bike home along the English Bay seawall and passed him sitting on a bench looking out at the bay. Normally when I saw him around we'd stop and chat for a while but I was in a hurry to get home. I thought to myself, 'I never photographed Fraser . . . he looks great sitting there . . . I should go back and take his picture. Nah . . . I'll get him next time.' I never saw him again. He died a few months later.