Thu June 16, 2011
An Interview with James Newton
Thurs. 6/23 at Noon: Tune in this week for an interview between Host Mark Weber and accomplished and versatile flutist, James Newton.
James Newton is back in town -- on summer break from his professorial duties at UCLA music department -- he and his wife Jo Ann and daughter Sydney keep a summer home in Corrales, and wish they could stay year round, like the rest of us........
James grew up in the very town where I was born (Covina). About twenty miles east of downtown Los Angeles. My family moved a few towns further east so I didn't meet James until we were 19 and he worked in a local record store and we were both discovering the marvels of Charles Mingus and both sitting in Stanley Crouch's jazz history class at Claremont Colleges.
(Hey Brother James, do you remember the day you showed me BLACK SAINT AND THE SINNER LADY LP and told me how incredible it was? In that little Wherehouse Record Store on south Indian Hill Blvd.)
James Newton is both a composer and a flutist. His accomplishments are all deeply connected to his spiritual life and wondrous in the eyes of God. We could use a few more men in this world as good as James Newton. It is always a pleasure when he visits us in the KUNM studios high atop Onate Hall and over the airwaves of New Mexico.
--Host Mark Weber
Slideshow photo: James Newton (HealdsburgJazzFestival.org)