Pianist/guitarist/singer/composer/educator Jonathan Newell has been performing as a classical pianist, folk guitarist, rock guitarist and singer in night clubs, cafes, college campuses, festivals, concert halls and private parties since 1980, gigging between 150 - 300 times per year.
The 1st set features original music from his recent keyboard prog rock compositions, and songs from his folk rock days in the late 1980’s through the early 90’s. The 2nd set features cover songs from the 60’s through the 80’s that made JNB one of the go-to party bands in the Northeast since the mid 1990’s. Musicians include Jennifer Newell on vocals, Randy McGeoch and Michael Craner on bass, Rye Wylie on drums, and Adam York on saxophone. Covers include songs by Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Hornsby, Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles and many more.
He holds a BA from Ithaca College in Piano Performance and Art History and an MA in Piano Performance and Composition from Hunter College. He is a former member of the piano faculty of The Diller-Quaille School of Music in Manhattan, a lecturer at The College of St. Joseph, and was a member of the music faculty of SUNY Adirondack from 1988-2010. He served as pianist/composer with the Adirondack Repertory Dance Theater from 1993 - 2015. Mr. Newell gave his New York piano debut at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2009 and was recognized as a Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2006.
As a classical composer, he is a 2010 recipient of a Strategic Opportunity Stipend from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a 2013, 2009 and 2002 recipient of Individual Artist Grants from The New York Council for the Arts. His String Quartet was performed at Columbia University for an international symposium on the poetry of William Bronk and heard on National Public Radio. He has studied piano with Edward Housman at Skidmore College, Phiroze Mehta at Ithaca College, Steven Graff at Hunter College and Dr. Julie Jordon at the Juilliard School. He performed in master classes with Andre Michel Schub, Paul Badura Skoda and numerous times with Mordeci Shehori. He studied composition with Shafer Mahoney at Hunter College.
Since 2010 he has been Executive/Artistic Director of Hudson River Music Hall Productions Inc., a 501c3 not-for-profit dedicated to presenting the performing arts in Northeastern New York in order to foster community, creativity and economic development.