Farnell Newton

Farnell Newton

 Portland, Oregon, USA

Trumpeter Farnell Newton blends Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Latin & Soul giving his audiences a unique musical experience that pulls from the tradition of Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, The Roots, and more.


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.
Currently, Farnell Newton is performing with the Mike Phillips band. He also recently performed as trumpeter for the 2009, 2010 Soul Train Awards house band, which played with notable artists, such as Erykad Badu, Ledisi, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, Bootsy Collins, Ron Isley, Brian McKnight, Johnny Gill, Raheem Devaughn, Chrisette Michelle, Boyz II Men, R Kelly, and many more.

In conjunction with his work as a performer and producer, Farnell is also developing and maintaining a multicultural, jazz education program in metropolitan Portland. In the summer of 2009, he started the PDX Jazz Project. The PDX Jazz Project is an organization for youth ages 13 to 18, designed to preserve and forward the history of jazz music through performance, education, and community events. In just a short amount of time, the group has recorded a CD and has had several performances and fundraisers for local school foundations in Oregon.


Farnell Newton • Class Is Now In Session • 2011

Tony Ozier • Beatgalore Vol.1 • 2011

Bootsy Collins • Da Funk Capital of the World • 2011

Iman Williams • Stupid Human Tricks • 2010

Doo Doo Funk • Doo Doo Funk All Stars • 2010

Hidden Beach • Unwrapped Vol. 7 • 2010

Ben Medler Septet • Of this time • 2009

Portland Jazz Orchestra • Good Morning Geek • 2009

Beatclub Mixtape • 2008

Pete Krebs Trio • 2008

Willie Vlautin • A Jockeys Christmas

Thara Memory • Chronicles • 2008

Sirens Echo • 2008

Othello • Alive at the Assembly Line • 2007

Caña Son • 2007

Liv Warfield • Embrace Me • 2006

Stolen Sweets • 2006

Mike Van Liew • Polyglot • 2004

Gordon Lee • FLying Dream • 2004

Libretto • Ill-oet • 2004

Oberlin Jazz Ensemble • 1999

Set List

Here is a typical setlist we would do at a club show.
We have such a long set list originals, covers and more.

Living in the City "Stevie Wonder Intro"
Hurrican Season "Trombone Shorty"
Love Games "Farnell Newton"
Funky Horns "Farnell Newton"
Naima/If it takes all night "Coltrane/Mike Phillips"
Just Friends "Musiq Soulchild"
The Joint "RH Factor"
21 Questions "50 Cents"