Archive for February 18th, 2012

Farnell Newton – Class Is Now In Session

Hailing from Miami, Florida Farnell Newton finally moved to Portland, Oregon. He has performed regularly with musicians such as Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Bobby Torres, Johnny Polanco, Ricardo Lemvo, Darrell Grant, and is now member of Mike Phillips band. He also recently performed as trumpeter for the 2009 Soul Train Awards house band.

He is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Portland State University and run a high school jazz youth program (PDX Jazz Project) on the weekends (

His first solo album Sense of Direction was released in 2006 on Diatic Records. His newest album is entitled Class Is Now In Session (2011). The album could be created with the support of 133 backers on Kickstarter, which is obviously the model for future releases.

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