I have never met anybody in my life that has given me the truth in so different many forms. Life long lessons that inspire guide teach follow through and just totally give it all. Tony is not only one of the greatest musicians I've ever heard or worked with but has given me the opportunity to see music and life through the eyes of a true genius! Good luck Tony we love you Mike Marcia and Dalton. - MMM Music
Tony Newton has always been on the leading edge of music. His style and precision has long been recognized by real players in the industry. - Clarence McDonald Grammy Winning Keyboardist-Producer
Tony Newton one of the most talented entities I have ever had the pleasure to hear and get to know Truly a diamond that will not be hidden. - Jauqo III-X Bassist/Producer
I met Tony at a Motown session I had heard through the vine as well as hearing his playing how great he was he was Smokey Robinsons musical director and played with Tony Williams whom I admired what a great musician talent as well as a great person. James Gadson - World Renowned Drummer/Producer
Mean Streets Rock Magazine of Los Angeles states Tony Newton is a monumental master and true music visionary!
Tony Newton is one of the best creative minds I come across in my lifetime and he is also a real musical genius dating back to Motown as a musician known as the baby funk brother - Lou Nathan CEO Nexxus Ent.
Tony Newton is one of the most innovative and creative musicians and bassists of our time. He has been rocking everyone's world from the bottom up for years. I first met and began recording with Tony at Holland-Dozier-Holland's Invictus and Hotwax labels. I was immediately impressed with the strength precision and creativity of Tony Newton's bass lines. Tony is also a great friend with a warm and caring spirit and if you listen carefully you'll hear that spirit reflected in his music. - Sylvester Rivers IMC Entertainment Group
Once in a while not very often a songwriter will come up with what we call a classic that's what Tony Newton has managed to do on Tony Williams album Believe it Newton's songs Snake Oil and Red Alert are both classics. Too bad they were on the same album I think they would have been better off on different albums. Who ever heard of having two classic songs on one album? I just played a week's gig at the Iridium club in New York. Guess what the only song we played that wasn't my own? Snake Oil of course! - Robby Krieger The Doors
When I arrived at Motown in 1963 Tony Newton was already there as the bass player for the Miracles. He was even there before Earl Van Dyke or Uriel Jones. Tony and I were two of the first musicians (now still living) to tour Europe with Motown acts. He was and still is one of the best bass players that ever did it. Later when I became a touring artist Tony joined me as the bass player. I was very familiar with his skills but during a sound check Tony sat at the piano and performed a sensational Beethoven Symphony. I didn't know the range of his ability and was totally surprised at his versatility. When I recall the production of the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown it's difficult to believe Tony was not considered as the bass player. In my opinion he would have added more credibility and history of the involved musicians. I say here and now in my estimation based on the facts Tony Newton is a Funk Brother - Jack Ashford Legendary Motown Funk Brother and Grammy Winner.
ANTONIO (TONY) NEWTON
?Tony Newton super genius will go down in history as one of the most vital path-forgers of our era? ?Music critic Randali of Mean Street Magazine.
History notes that a fallen apple was the inspiration for Sir Isaac Newton?s Theories of universal gravitation. But legendary fusion master-musician-composer Antonio (Tony) Newton never had much time for apple orchards. Recording studios and concert stages were his classrooms. John Lee Hooker Smokey Robinson Stevie Wonder Michael Jackson Gary Moore and Allan Holdsworth were his classmates. Drawing from this wealth of experience and professional relationships Newton has emerged as a multifaceted composer/producer and musician (vocals electric bass and keyboards) and applied his pioneering concepts in harmony theory and composition to successfully integrate a variety of musical genres. Strap yourself in for some heart stopping spirit moving mind-bending musical expression.
Profusely creative high energy innovative sensitive yet dynamic would be a few terms that could describe the artistry of music prophet Antonio (Tony) Newton who stands as one of the most progressive creative and influential music artists of this contemporary music era! Chances are you?ve heard Newton a performer on over 25 million selling Gold recordings. Born and raised in Detroit MI. Newton began his career first on piano at age seven beginning professionally at the tender age of thirteen playing bass guitar with blues legends John Lee Hooker T-B one Walker Little W and other classic artists on the urban blues circuit. This was not without receiving initial recognition as an accomplished saxophone and woodwinds player in various orchestras and ensembles. Newton gained swift acclaim as one of the Midwest?s most prominent bassists through his association with Motown records. Newton was discovered by Motown utive Hank Cosby while playing in Detroit Blues clubs at the age of 16. He was chosen to replace James Jamerson as touring bassist with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Within two years Newton became Music Director for Smokey. He also toured with all of the Motown artists such as: Diana Ross and the Supremes Martha and the Vandellas Marvin Gaye Stevie Won- der Four Tops Temptations Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 Spinners and others. While at Motown from time to time playing with the ?Funk Brothers? he left his trademark of solid hard driving and deftly clever grooves on such timeless hits as Where Did Our Love Go Baby Love? Stop In The Name Of Love Nowhere to Run on the east coast and on the west coast ABC' ?Never Can Say Goodbye? ?Don?t Leave Me This Way? and many others. Also a little unknown fact is that Newton and James Jamerson played together as 2 basses simultaneously on the above Motown Hits. Newton was also the bassist for the famed 1965 European Motown Review tour mentioned in the film ?Standing in the Shadows of Motown?
In the following years Newton gained swift acclaim as a prominent bassist in the music industry through his fat bass sound infectious lines and solid grooves on many hit recordings for Motown Holland-Dozier-Holland Warner Bros CBS Atlantic and others Newton went on to establish himself as one of the most versatile musician-composers-producers in his field. He recorded and toured with rock pop and r b?s most celebrated figures Michael Jackson Aretha Franklin Smokey Robinson (whom he served as bassist and music director) Stevie Wonder Gladys Knight Little Richard and many others. Newton was staff bassist for the talented songwriting-producing team Holland-Dozier-Holland and their Invictus-Hotwax label playing on several hits for artists Freda Payne 100 Proof 8th Day and others. Tony played on other Detroit recording studio-labels classic hits ie: Stax ?The Dramatics What You See is What You Get? ?Johnny Taylor?s Part Time Lover? and more. He also gained recognition as one of the founding fathers of fusion as bassist-composer- vocalist in the acclaimed jazz-rock fusion group: ?The Tony WiIIiams Lifetime? penning the fusion classics ?Snake Oil? and ?Red Alert? sweeping the globe with their intense high-energy complex style cited historically in the ?Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock Roll.? He was also an integral member of British hard rock group ?G-Force? with veteran guitarist Gary Moore.
Newton degreed in classical composition and piano from LACC and Mt. St. Mary?s College of Los Angeles his formidable keyboard artistry featured in the Novaphonic series music catalog are used in many film and video soundtracks i.e.: ?The Martin Luther King Awards? and ?Fields of Wrath? The Cesar Chavez plight of farm workers story.
If music was a ?box of colored crayons? Newton has expanded the color palette ten-fold. His rich expanded sounds extended chordal developments and harmonics along with his historic rhythmic vocabulary delivers the listener into a mind opening experience. His concerts feature the ?Novaphonic Sound? - Newton?s acclaimed richly resonant system of Quartal and Quintal harmonics never previously explored to this depth both artistically and scientifically recognized body of work as a true evolution in music harmony.
The Michelangelo of piano and keyboards he leaves you awestruck with his dense and broad spectrum of sounds. Antonio Newton also a talented highly creative music director and composer conductor and multi-instrumentalist who has written and played on movie soundtracks and scores as well as a multitude of recordings dating back over 30 years as a prolific musician?s musician and versatile music industry veteran.
A forever evolving performer his works encompass rhythm blues jazz and rock fusion symphonic compositions funk rock jazz and new age and classical explorations. Newton?s piano studies have included studing privately with keyboard scholar Dr. Howard Barr and Olga Leitmekov who have direct links to historical master classical composer-keyboardists Donanyi and Fredrick Chopin. He received an appointment as Dean of Electronic and Commercial Music at the University of Sound Arts and has taught MIDI at Los Angeles City College Community Services.
He plays with a profoundly dynamic emotional range and highly innovative creative expression. His years as a bassist and bass clarinetist have developed Newton?s strong rhythmic fortitude and given him a strong and vibrant approach to deliver dynamic monster left-hand bass parts on piano.
No stranger to the performance arena Newton?s solo Concerts are a tribute to the man himself. His Novaphonic explorations put his talents theories and music into orbit. Antonio takes his audience into areas where he hopes they will ?feel deeper think broader and discover an awareness of their human potential?. In his own evolutionary career Antonio L. Newton is contributing many distinctive elements to contemporary music and performance. ?What I?m trying to do is push aside old thinking patterns and thoughts about music and really put some new thinking and awareness about sound composition and presentation as well as tuning into your own possibilities and reaching toward higher paths. I am a big believer in the human potential movement.?
Additionally Newton?s bass work is featured on Academy Award winning movie soundtracks to include Richard Gere?s ?Breathless? and ?An Officer and a Gentleman?. Performing professionally for over 3 legendary decades from rock funk soul fusion and new age jazz from soundtracks to a Summit Symphony in seven movements from inspiring solo piano and keyboard performances to masterly heart thumping power-packed high energy bass grooves like we said earlier chances are you?ve heard legendary bassist Antonio (Tony) Newton. Tony came full circle returning to his Detroit s hit making music and legendary musician friends the ?Funk Brothers? getting the call from Jack Ashford to tour the world and receive a coveted Hollywood star on the famous ?Hollywood Walk of Fame.?
A master of both music and word (author of over 15 books on music and personal development) Newton?s lyric content reaches deep philosophical levels of prose and meaning while musically achieving new frontiers of creative compositional expression in sound form style and technique. Rock hard and ferociously funky songs like Love and Money One People One Planet? a World Peace offering along with high-energy impact instrumental compositions such as Newton?s searing rock production-arrangement of classic master composer Gustav Holst?s ?Mars? from his legendary epic Symphony ?The Planets? along with powerful Newton originals finds the ?INIMITABLE? ANTONIO TONY NEWTON delivering a dynamic and enlightening blend of emotionally charged heartfelt musical performances providing eclectic music lovers worldwide with a profound and exciting listening experience in recordings or concert ?on point? with innovative 21st century mastery!