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Behind the Mic: Farnell Newton


Farnell Newton, Peer Pressure, Sunday 10pm-midnigh

Hometown hero Farnell Newton is our newest addition to KMHD. Each week he examines one particular decade in jazz history – the ‘90s. Every Sunday night, Farnell explores the connections between musicians in this decade that drove jazz forward into the new millennium. You’ll hear music you’ve never experienced before, with the insight into how trends developed in one of jazz’s most interesting decades. We caught up with the trumpeter-turned-DJ to learn more about the man behind the mic. 

How did you first get into radio?While at Oberlin College/Conservatory of Music. I used to have a late-night show playing jazz when I was in my third year.

What would surprise people most about what you do in your personal life?I have five beautiful kids (four daughters and one son) and I tend to live a very active music career as well as be a family man.

 When you aren’t listening to the music you play on KMHD what are you tuned into?I usually listen to a ton of KMHD early in the morning and at night and to a lot of podcasts from Gimlet Media and Hustle School.

 Tell us about an interesting hobby you have.I make handmade bracelets, necklaces and more and have been doing so for the past five years. 

 Where do you live and what are some of your favorite neighborhood spots?I live in St. Johns, in Portland, and some of my favorite spots are New Seasons, Cathedral Coffee, Pambiche, The Goodfoot and more.

 If you could bring someone back to life from jazz history and hang out with them for an afternoon, who would it be and why?Louis Armstrong… he innovated the trumpet in the style of jazz and he has inspired so many musicians worldwide. I would love to pick his brain, not about trumpet but about all the great interactions with other people and musicians around the world. 

 

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