Joe Newman (trumpeter)

Joseph Dwight Newman (7 September 1922 – 4 July 1992) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator, best known for his time with Count Basie.

Joe Newman
Birth nameJoseph Dwight Newman
Born(1922-09-07)7 September 1922
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died4 July 1992(1992-07-04) (aged 69)
Occupation(s)Trumpeter, composer, educator
Associated actsCount Basie

Newman was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to Dwight, (pianist) and Louise Newman, a musical family, having his first music lessons from David Jones. He attended Alabama State College, where he joined the college band (the Bama State Collegians), became its leader, and took it on tour.

In 1941 he joined Lionel Hampton for two years, before signing with Count Basie, with whom he stayed for a total of thirteen years, interrupted by short breaks and a long period (1947–1952) spent first with saxophonist Illinois Jacquet and then drummer J. C. Heard. During his second period with Basie, which lasted for about nine years, he made a number of small-group recordings as the leader. He also played on Benny Goodman's 1962 tour of the Soviet Union.

In 1961 Newman left the Basie band and helped to found Jazz Interactions, of which he became president in 1967. His wife, Rigmor Alfredsson Newman was the Executive Director. Jazz Interactions was a charitable organization which provided an information service, brought jazz master classes into schools and colleges, and later maintained its own Jazz Interaction Orchestra (for which Newman wrote).

In the 1970s and 1980s, Newman toured internationally and recorded for various major record labels. He suffered a stroke in 1991, however, which seriously disabled him, and he died of complications from it in 1992.


As leader

As sideman

With Manny Albam

With Lorez Alexandria

With Gene Ammons

With the Count Basie Orchestra

With Louis Bellson and Gene Krupa

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Ray Bryant

With Benny Carter

With Buck Clayton

With Arnett Cobb

With Al Cohn

With Hank Crawford

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Bo Diddley

With Dexter Gordon

With Freddie Green

With Al Grey

With Eddie Harris

With Coleman Hawkins

With Johnny Hodges

With Milt Jackson

With Illinois Jacquet

With Eddie Jefferson

With Budd Johnson

With J. J. Johnson

With Etta Jones

With Quincy Jones

With Irene Kral

With Yusef Lateef

With Mundell Lowe

With Junior Mance

With Herbie Mann

With Jack McDuff

With Gary McFarland

With Jimmy McGriff

With Jay McShann

With the Modern Jazz Quartet

With James Moody

With Oliver Nelson

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Buddy Rich

With Jerome Richardson

With Shirley Scott

With Jimmy Smith

With Dakota Staton

With Sonny Stitt

With Clark Terry and Chico O'Farrill

With Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

With Frank Wess

With Larry Willis

With Kai Winding

  • Ian Carr, Digby Fairweather, & Brian Priestley. Jazz: The Rough Guide. ISBN 1-85828-528-3
  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton. The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD 6th edition. ISBN 0-14-051521-6
  • Joe Newman brief biography by Scott Yanow, for AllMusic
  • "I'm Still Learning" Joe Newman interviewed by Les Tomkins in 1977
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