James Newton

James Weldon Newton ( born May 1, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American jazz flautist, conductor, composer and university teacher, currently at the Department of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles. He is one of the most outstanding jazz flutist.

Life and work

Five years of his childhood spent in Newton Germany, where his father was stationed as a professional soldier. After first steps in Rockidiom he learned in high school flute. In addition to the local classical teaching he also took jazz lessons. He had the same flute teachers like Eric Dolphy, namely Buddy Collette. Mid-1970, he played in the group of drummer Stanley Crouch. Since 1978, Newton lived in New York where he played with musicians such as Cecil Taylor and Lester Bowie and a trio with pianist and composer Anthony Davis and Abdul Wadud on cello founded. The three played next chamber-jazz and Third Stream compositions by Newton and Davis. With Davis, he also founded a quartet, which was also successful in Europe. He also participated as a non- skid soloist on several records and released concept albums, for example, with music by Duke Ellington.

Since the late 1980s, Newton often works together with musicians from other cultures (eg, Jon Jang, Gao Hong or Kadri Gopalnath ) and deals with Indian and Chinese music. In addition, he also was one of the first issues of Charles Mingus Dynasty band and was involved in the clarinetist John Carter, the saxophonist David Murray, the violinist Leroy Jenkins and drummer Andrew Cyrille projects. For about 10 years, Newton is increasingly active in the classical music and conducts chamber music ensembles and symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Europe. He also writes (especially chamber music ) compositions in the post-serial idiom and ballet scores,


23 times he was nominated as a result of Down Beat magazine as Topflötist. Newton received fellowships from the Guggenheim and the Rockefeller Foundation. Records as Luella were with the Montreux Grande Prix you excellent Disque and the Downbeat International Critics Jazz Album of the Year.

2002 Newton sued the Beastie Boys: Essential parts of his composition Choir were sampled for their hit Pass the Mic. His complaint before the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected because the label ECM ( which acted as a publisher for recording) had, without his knowledge for a one-time fee of a thousand dollars rights assigned.

Selection Discography

  • Echo Canyon ( solo). Celestial Harmonies
  • Luella. Gramavision
  • Romance and Revolution. Blue Note Records
  • The African Flower. Blue Note
  • Suite for Frida Kahlo. AudioQuest
  • Buddy Collette Quintet feat. James Newton: Flute Talk. Soul Note
  • Flute Force 4 ( Flute Quartet with Henry Threadgill, Pedro Eustache, Magdaluyo Melecio ). Black Saint
  • Southern Brothers ( with Kadri Gopalnath & Puvalur Srinivasan ). WaterLily
  • San Francisco Contemporary Music Players / James Newton: ... As the Sound of Many Waters. New World Records