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“STILL CONSIDERED A YOUNG LION OF THE LOCAL JAZZ SCENE DESPITE DESERVING TENURE, TRUMPET-PRODUCER FARNELL NEWTON HAS HIS HANDS ON JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING COOL AND FUNKY IN PORTLAND. HIS NAME ON A BILL SERVES AS A SEAL OF FRESHNESS.”

“[JAZZ TRIBUTE] Not to start a rivalry here, but Ivories, a relative newcomer in the Portland club scene, seems aimed toward supplanting Jimmy Mak\'s as Portland\'s most intimate venue to see incredible jazz talent. The club recently welcomed jazz giant Christian McBride for a one-off show, and tonight local trumpeter Farnell Newton visits the Ivories stage. A player well-versed in funk, bop, old-time swing and avant jazz, Newton will be in the house to perform a set of songs written by Wayne Shorter, a great saxophonist who moves between genres (he\'s played with Miles Davis and helped form fusion group Weather Report) with a similar ingenuity and panache.”

“Farnell Newton Group plays the music of Freddie Hubbard [JAZZ] It comes as no surprise that Freddie Hubbard is an influence for local trumpet player and beats producer Farnell Newton. Hubbard, like Newton, was a technically thrilling player who took on projects of all stripes—the former played everything from straight-ahead jazz to funky-as-hell CTI Records sessions, and made key appearances on some of the seminal discs of the free-form movement. Newton is well equipped to cover any of these styles, but if this year's excellent Class Is Now in Session is any indication, he'll probably lean toward the funky stuff tonight at new jazz bar Ivories.”

“Farnell Newton: The Music of Wayne Shorter [JAZZ TRIBUTE] Not to start a rivalry here, but Ivories, a relative newcomer in the Portland club scene, seems aimed toward supplanting Jimmy Mak\'s as Portland\'s most intimate venue to see incredible jazz talent. The club recently welcomed jazz giant Christian McBride for a one-off show, and tonight local trumpeter Farnell Newton visits the Ivories stage. A player well-versed in funk, bop, old-time swing and avant jazz, Newton will be in the house to perform a set of songs written by Wayne Shorter, a great saxophonist who moves between genres (he\'s played with Miles Davis and helped form fusion group Weather Report) with a similar ingenuity and panache. ”

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