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March 1, 2019IM -
A fixture of New York’s music community, jazz trumpeter Brian Newman of Local 802 (New York City) is known for pushing the boundaries of the genre. Showboat clearly displays influences of Miles Davis and Chet Baker, and also pays homage to Newman’s love of rock bands like Nirvana, NOFX, and Thin Lizzy.
Released on the Verve label, Showboat contains 11 eclectic tracks, from the jazz instrumental “Spooky” to “You Don’t Know What Love Is.” Songs like “San Pedro” capture his quartet’s hard-earned musical abilities and thrilling power, while tunes like “Sunday in New York” showcase Newman’s vocal warmth and evocative lyrics.
Close friends with Lady Gaga, Newman occasionally appears in her live shows. His quartet recorded and toured with Gaga for Cheek to Cheek, her 2014 album with Tony Bennett.