Farnell Newton, Composer/Trumpeter, was born on March 21, 1977, in Miami, Florida, where he was exposed to many forms of music, including jazz, salsa, funk, and hip-hop. Moving to Philadelphia in 1992, he attended the High School of Creative and Performing Arts (C.A.P.A.) and gained more exposure to and experience with the music he truly loves jazz. While in Philadelphia, Farnell also learned a lot from his uncle, saxophonist/arranger Conny Murray, and from his Uncle Sunny Murray, the father of avant-garde drumming.
Re-locating to Denver in 1994, Farnell graduated from the Denver School of the Arts and then moved to Ohio to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. At Oberlin, Farnell studied Music Performance with an emphasis in jazz with Wendell Logan and trumpeter Kenny Davis. Farnell Performed with many musicians, including Aretha Franklin, James Moody, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Hugh Ragin, during his stay at Oberlin.
After graduating from Oberlin Farnell decided to move to Portland, Oregon, where he has performed regularly with groups such as Klezmocracy, Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Cana Son, Johnny Polanco, Ricardo Lemvo, Conjunto Allegre, and Darrell Grant, to name a few. He has recently recorded his debut CD, which is co-led with pianist Marcus Reynolds.
Currently, Farnell Newton has started the PDX Jazz Project, which is a youth jazz program for high school age students 13-18 years old and is working on multiple hip hop and jazz projects across the country.
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