"Newton dazzles...he exhibited breathtaking restraint, breaking down time with a subtle hand, tapping out painterly splashes of sound...A large reserve of free floating power." -- Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Curt Newton (b. 1963) coaxes whispers from drumsets and swing from old tin cans, weaving various musical traditions together in the spirit of serious playfulness. Over the past three decades he's performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe and recorded over 30 CDs with some of contemporary music's leading figures including Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, Nate McBride, Pandelis Karayorgis, Eric Hofbauer, Charlie Kohlhase, and Dave Bryant.  Curt studied privately with Bob Gullotti and has a Master's degree in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory, neither of which bears much responsibility for his drumset arrangement of Lutoslawski's String Quartet.

Curt is also a climate change community builder and activist, and the proud parent of two musically inclined young adults.