Frankie Newton (William Frank Newton, January 4, 1906 – March 11, 1954) was a jazz trumpeter from Emory, Virginia. He played in several New York City bands in the 1920s and 1930s, including those led by Sam Wooding, Chick Webb, Charlie Barnet, Andy Kirk and Charlie "Fess" Johnson. In the 1940s he played with bands led by Lucky Millinder and Pete Brown. He played in clubs in New York and Boston, with musicians such as pianist Art Tatum, pianist James P. Johnson, drummer Sid Catlett and clarinetist Edmond Hall.
Between March 1937 and August 1939, eight recording sessions issued under Newton's name were produced. Three sessions in 1937 were made for Irving Mills's Variety label. In 1939, Newton recorded a six-song session with Victor, a four-song session for Vocalion, two individual one-song sessions for Blue Note, and finally one two-song session for Vocalion—14 records in all.
He also played with Art Tatum on extended versions of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Oh, Lady Be Good!", recorded in Harlem after hours. These finally came out in 1973 as part of Tatum's album God Is in the House, first on LP and later on CD.
- Jennifer Wagner, "The Search For Frankie Newton", in The Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia Bulletin, Series II, No 39a, 2002
- God Is in the House (CD liner notes). Art Tatum. HighNote Records. 1998. HCD 7030.CS1 maint: others (link)
- Ramsey, Doug (January 19, 2015). "Monday Recommendation: Art Tatum". artsjournal.com. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
- Cunniffe, Thomas. "Newton, Frankie". Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. Jazz.com, Archive.org. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
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