David Newton is one of the heavyweights of British Jazz and a master of the jazz piano. There is a sophistication about Dave's playing that runs deep, whether ballads, swingers or flag wavers, he has it all.
Dave NEWTON always surrounds himself with an array of talented jazz musicians. He performs across the UK playing solo, accompanying some of the leading jazz vocalists, or as a duo with jazz saxophonists such as long time collaborator Alan Barnes and Art Themen and Dutch Violinist, Tim Kliphuis. The David Newton Trio features Andy Cleyndert on bass and Steve Brown on drums, with all three members winning at the 2009 British Jazz Awards. The Trio often performs with a guest soloist such jazz greats Alan Barnes or Don Weller.
Dave also performs with the "Celebrating Oscar" group with Nigel Clark (guitar) and Paul Morgan (bass) and with the Octet "Bootleg Eric" which consists of British Jazz stalwarts Clarke Tracy (drums), Andy Cleynder (bass), Alan Barnes (saxes), Guy Barker (trumpet), Don Weller (sax), Mark Nightingale (trombone) and Iain Dixon (sax).
Growing up in Renfrewshire, Scotland, David Newton had a musical upbringing with the piano trio sound of Peterson, Tatum or Garner an ever-present feature in the Newton household. After graduating from Leeds College of Music in 1979, in the ensuing years he established himself on the Scottish jazz scene before his old roommate from college, Alan Barnes, persuaded him to move to London where he rapidly became a much sought after pianist teaming up with Barnes, guitarist Martin Taylor and saxophonist Don Weller.
In the first five years of the nineties, Newton's reputation as an exquisite accompanist for a singer, spread rapidly and by '95 he was regularly working with Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and Stacey Kent, with whom he spent the next ten years recording and travelling all over the world. During this time, Newton was composing music which he would record on his own CDs as well as writing specifically for Martin Taylor, Alan Barnes, Tina May and Claire Martin. David Newton's music can now be heard on many television productions, especially in the United States where over twenty TV movies benefit from Newton's haunting themes. In 2003, after a twenty year gap, David Newton was reunited with playwright Alan Aykbourn to write the music for two new productions, 'Sugar Daddies' and 'Drowning on Dry Land'. Currently, Newton has the release of a new CD called "Portrait of a Woman", on the 'Brightnewday' label.
David Newton has been voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz awards for the ninth time in 2009 and was made a Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003.
"There is always more to Newton's playing than first meets the ear. The surface may be smooth, but there are all kinds of clever, subtle things going on beneath" - Dave Gelly, The Observer.
"Fantastic mainstream pianist who plays with wit and grace, as well as swinging like the clappers.." - Time Out.