Farnell Newton

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Farnell Newton
Born (1977-03-21) March 21, 1977 (age 40)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet
Labels Diatic
Associated acts Mike Phillips, Ricardo Lemvo, Luis Conte
Website www.farnellnewton.com

Farnell Newton (born March 21, 1977) is a composer and jazz trumpeter.

He was born in Miami, Florida. He moved to Philadelphia in 1992, where he attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. While in Philadelphia, Newton also studied with his uncle, saxophonist/arranger Conny Murray and from his uncle Sunny Murray, who was one of the early avant garde's most inventive and influential drummers.[1]

Newton graduated from the Denver School of the Arts after moving to Denver in 1994 and then moved to Ohio to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. At Oberlin, Newton studied music performance with an emphasis in jazz with Wendell Logan and trumpeter Kenny Davis. Newton performed with Aretha Franklin, James Moody, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Hugh Ragin while at Oberlin.

After graduating from Oberlin, Newton moved to Portland, Oregon, where he performed regularly with Billy Hart, Pete Krebs, Willy Vlautin, and Ricardo Lemvo. He got a master's degree in Jazz studies and Performance from Portland State University.


As leader

  • 2011 Class Is Now in Session

As guest

  • 2009 Portland Jazz Orchestra, Good Morning Geek
  • 2008 Pete Krebs, Pete Krebs Trio
  • 2008 Willy Vlautin, A Jockeys Christmas
  • 2007 Othello, Alive at the Assembly Line
  • 2007 Caña Son, Self Titled
  • 2006 Liv Warfield, Embrace Me
  • 2006 Stolen Sweets, Shuffle off to Buffalo
  • 2006 Mike Van Liew, Polyglot
  • 2014 The Yumatics, 90 Miles to Yuma

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine: All Music Guide to Jazz: The Definitive Guide to Jazz Music, page 932. Backbeat Books, 2002.