Paul Hoeffler was known as a great jazz photographer who often caught the musicians seemingly in flight performing the music they loved. When he died of bone cancer, David Churchill wrote a lovely tribute which was as much a testament to their friendship as it was an appraisal of his best work.
|Count Basie and Eddie Jones - Boston, 1960|
|Oscar Peterson's Trio|
I called him around Christmas 2004 to wish him the best of the season. I got his voice mail and left a message. About a week later he called back, but I was out. He explained that he'd had a fall and broken his hip. He was recovering, but it was hard to get to the phone. He ended his message, as he did with every conversation we had, with "to be continued." It wasn't to be. I didn't want to hassle him so I decided to give him a couple of months to recover before we spoke again. For a variety of reasons, a couple of months became eight. In mid-August 2005, I opened the Sunday Toronto Star and saw an article topped with one of Paul's photographs. I thought, 'oh must give him a call, he's got something coming up.' No he didn't. It was a tribute to him as he'd died from bone cancer on July 30th (when the doctors had gone in to do surgery on his broken hip they had discovered the cancer)
|Hoeffler's Billie Holiday Picture|
All photographs above, except Paul Hoeffler portrait (by Bob Lansdale), copyright Paul Hoeffler.