Brian Newman

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Brian Newman
Brian Newman.jpg
Newman in New York City
Background information
Born (1981-06-10) June 10, 1981 (age 37)
Ohio, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
Years active1990–present

Brian Newman (born June 10, 1981) is an American jazz musician, singer, and trumpet player. He is most known for his numerous performances with Lady Gaga and her surprise appearances at his performances in New York City. Newman currently holds a residency at the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City and is married to American burlesque performer Angie Pontani.

Early life[edit]

Brian Newman was born on June 10, 1981 and raised in Mentor and Concord Township in Cleveland, Ohio. He told his mother at age twelve that he wanted to grow up to be a New York City jazz musician.[1] He began playing at age nine and made his public debut at age 14.[2] He is a 1999 graduate of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School.[3] Concerning his youth in Cleveland, Newman stated, "That's one thing Cleveland and my family taught me well—the importance of hard work...There are a lot of hard workers in Cleveland."[4] He attended the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is married to Angie Pontani, a burlesque dancer who was Miss Exotic World 2008.[5]


Along with other graduates from Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, Brian began performing in venues across New York City including the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel, and Duane Park. Newman has also performed trumpet for Tony Bennett and Mark Murphy.[6] When he first arrived in New York, Newman served bar and waited tables between performances to help make ends meet.[7] Newman's music was featured in the 2011 film, Friends With Kids.

Collaboration with Lady Gaga[edit]

While in New York City, Newman befriended Lady Gaga's boyfriend, Luc Carl, which led to a friendship with Lady Gaga. Newman has performed with Gaga on her A Very Gaga Thanksgiving special, The Today Show, the MTV Video Music Awards, and BBC Radio. Newman arranged and appeared on Lady Gaga's jazz album with Tony Bennett, “Cheek to Cheek”.[8] Gaga has also made random surprise appearances at Newman's gigs throughout the city which have been covered by major media outlets including MTV, VH1, E!, and The New York Post.[9][10][11][12] Newman's trumpet performance with Gaga can also be heard on the A Very Gaga Holiday EP and on the track "Just Another Day", from her 2016 album Joanne. He also collaborated with Gaga on a song called "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" on his 2018 album Showboat.


  1. ^ "PMC Magazine". August 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  2. ^ "Style Like You". Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  3. ^ "Life Style Mirror". Life Style Mirror. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  4. ^ "News Herald". News Herald. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  5. ^ "New York Daily News". February 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  6. ^ New York Times
  7. ^ "PMC Magazine". August 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
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  9. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (January 6, 2011). "MTV News". Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  10. ^ "E Online News". Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  11. ^ Staff (May 12, 2013). "New York Post". Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  12. ^ Bené Viera (December 18, 2012). "VH1 Music Tuner". Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-21.

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