Farnell Newton Marcus Reynolds Quintet

Farnell Newton Marcus Reynolds Quintet

 Portland, Oregon, USA

Original Jazz Compositions with a Latin/New Orleans Flavor.


Farnell Newton

Farnell Newton Composer/Trumpeter was born on March 21, 1977, in Miami, Fl where he was exposed to many forms of music from jazz, salsa, funk, and hip-hop. Moving to Philadelphia he attended the High School of Creative and Performing C.A.P.A. Farnell gained more exposure and experience into the music he truly loves "jazz". While in Philadelphia, Farnell 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 Farnell graduating from Denver School of the Arts in Denver,Farnell 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. During his stay at Oberlin, Farnell Performed with many musicians from Aretha Franklin, James Moody, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Hugh Ragin.

Graduating from Oberlin Farnell decided to move to Portland, Oregon. In Portland, Farnell performs regularly with Klezmocracy, Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Cana Son, Conjunto Allegre and Darrell Grant to name a few. Farnell has recently recorded his debut CD which is co-led with pianist Marcus Reynolds.

Marcus Reynolds

Portland, Oregon based pianist and composer Marcus Reynolds has begun to make his mark on contemporary jazz as a solo pianist, leader of his own groups and as co-leader of the Farnell Newton-Marcus Reynolds Quartet. His high energy live performances are notable for his angular, rhythmic playing and dedication to presenting original music and contemporary, unique treatments of the standard jazz repertoire. Influenced by modern pianistic figures such as Herbie Hancock, Bud Powell, and Fred Hersch.

Marcus is also informed as a composer by European 20th Century classical harmony and the Afro-Caribbean rhythmic tradition. Marcus has opened for jazz giants Betty Carter and Mel Torme in festival settings, and has performed with singers ranging from Michigan vocalist Sunny Wilkinson to cabaret artist Lorna Luft. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University where he majored in Classical Piano Perfomance and Jazz Studies (with Dr. Stephen Zegree), and also studied composition with C.Curtis-Smith and Richard Adams. He often performs in duo with his wife (jazz vocalist Jessica Schultz) at such venues as the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon. In addition to performing, Marcus maintains a private piano teaching studio in West Linn, Oregon where he advocates a healthy, tension free approach to playing the instrument.


Farnell Newton Marcus Reynolds Quintet
"Sense of Direction"
Diatic Records 2006

Set List

How many sets: 2 Sets
How Long: 1hr 15min

1.Lover's Groove (F.Newton)
2.Minha Valsa (M. Reynolds)
3.The Two Larrys (M. Reynolds)
4.Noir (M. Reynolds)
5.It could happen to you (arr. M.Reynolds)
6.The Bluest Eyes (F.Newton)
7.Pendulums (M. Reynolds)
8.Litoral (M. Reynolds)
9.The force of gravity (M. Reynolds)