Torrey is a brilliant musician and strong writer...definitely a talent to be reckoned with.
Torrey Newhart is a jazz keyboardist located in Eugene, OR. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2014 with a Masters Degree in Music and was awarded "Most Outstanding Performer In Jazz Studies" the same year. Newhart performs well over a hundred shows, annually, with regional musicians in many configurations. He has recorded and released records with Steve Vacchi, Tony Glausi’s Funk Nonet, Joshua Hettwer, Mastrogiovanni Ska Project, Tony Glausi, Jessika Smith, Inner Limits, Michael Radliff, Paul Krueger, The Long Shots and Kevin McDonald in addition to his own album Marmara. Newhart's most recent project Obsidian Animals released their debut double-LP vinyl Sound In-Sight in November of 2016.
In addition to his performing career, Newhart the choral director at a local high school called the Academy of Arts and Academics as well as adjunct jazz piano at the University of Oregon. He also has a growing number of private students. Newhart believes that a vibrant jazz scene is possible in Oregon and volunteers his time as a board member of the Willamette Jazz Society and in 2016 he launched the Sunday "Learners" Jam, a program designed to educate musicians of all ages and abilities with rotating weekly hosts. Newhart is also a strong voice on issues of booking and musician compensation at a venue the society operates called the Jazz Station.