Trumpeter Farnell Newton is one of the most versatile musicians and educators in the Northwest, playing jazz, Latin, soul, hip-hop, and funk. Farnell has also performed with musical artists including Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Aretha Franklin, Fred Wesley, The Nth Power, Lettuce, Karl Denson, Dumpstaphunk…the list goes on and on.
In the last few years, Farnell toured with three-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott, and with the Legendary Rhinestone Rockstar Bassist Bootsy Collins. Farnell is also the founder and curator of Funklandia, a local music festival that seeks to shine a light on the past, present and future of Portland’s funk scene and its many talented players.
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