Bassist and composer Blake Newman was born in New York City and was drawn to music at an early age. As a small child, he entertained himself for hours on end by playing the piano. Since moving to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, he has called the Boston area home. Blake has always had a flair for the exotic, and his musical tastes have been no exception. He’s had the good fortune of performing on five continents in a multitude of diverse musical settings with some extraordinary musicians. He has performed and recorded with Iva Bittova, David Murray, Ran Blake, Big Jack Johnson, Evan Ziporyn, Duke Robillard, John Sinclair, Peter Wolf, KennyWolleson, Butch Morris, Jon Faddis, David Maxwell, and Charles Neville. He has recorded for Rounder, Innova, Accurate, New World, and Audio Quest Records and can be seen performing with his trio every Wednesday at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, with the Armenian jazz group Musaner, New Orleans groove band the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, and the Tough Love Trio, among others. He has played locally and toured extensively with the American Repertory Theater. Please visit: http://www.blakenewmanbass.com
Drummer Phil Neighbors has been teaching jazz ensembles at the JPMC since 2002. He’s been playing music since his teens where he gained experience playing in shows, Dixieland groups, and German bands. Phil studied Percussion, Jazz, and Composition at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Since college, Phil has played with a host of different bands in many genres both in Cincinnati and in Boston. Since moving to Boston in 1995, he has performed and recorded with groups as diverse as The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Dave Birkin’s Hot Shots, the Sam Davis group, The Coots, and the Funky White Honkies, to name a few.
Phil favors a relaxed approach to teaching his three jazz ensembles. In his words: “I want the members of my ensembles to have fun, and at the same time I try to convey as much useful information as I can.” visit: https://jeffrobinsontrio.com/phil