James Newton

Born May 1, 1953

James W. Newton is an American jazz flautist, composer, and conductor.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of James Newton.


1953 Birth Born on May 1, 1953.


1972 19 Years Old From 1972 to 1975, together with David Murray, Bobby Bradford, and Arthur Blythe, Newton was a member of drummer (and later critic) Stanley Crouch's band Black Music Infinity.


1978 25 Years Old From 1978 to 1981 he lived in New York, leading a trio with pianist and composer Anthony Davis and cellist Abdul Wadud. … Read More


1989 36 Years Old In 1989 he wrote and published a method book entitled The Improvising Flute.


1997 44 Years Old He has also composed classical works for chamber ensemble and orchestra, as well as electronic music. In 1997 he wrote an opera, The Songs of Freedom. … Read More
2000 47 Years Old In 2000, Newton sued the alternative rock and hip hop group Beastie Boys (and their producer, record companies, publishers, and music video-related companies) for repeatedly using a six-second, three-note sample of "Choir," Newton's 1978 composition for flute and voice, in their song "Pass the Mic". … Read More


2003 50 Years Old Newton appealed, but in 2003, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's decision in favor of Beastie Boys.
2004 51 Years Old Newton petitioned the court to re-hear the case en banc, but this resulted in a 2004 amended opinion in which the court strengthened its position. … Read More
2006 53 Years Old In 2006 he composed a Latin Mass which premiered in Prato, Italy, in February 2007. … Read More
2007 54 Years Old In 2007 he published Daily Focus For The Flute.
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