Torrey Newhart

Pianist, Educator and Composer

Obsidian animals

Our debut album is available HERE!

Praise for Obsidian Animals: we were featured in the Oregon ArtsWatch in an article written by Gary Ferrington - click HERE

A jazz ensemble with the intention of exposing listeners to a wide range of styles they might not normally hear together.  While the music is primarily original material, the group also performs several rare pieces from various jazz traditions including the work of trumpeter Booker Little and pianist/vocalist Nina Simone.


Eddie Bond - Guitar/Effects

Adam Carlson - Drums

Tony Glausi - Trumpet

Joshua Hettwer - Tenor Sax/Clarinet

Torrey Newhart - Piano/Keyboard/Melodica

Sean Peterson - Bass

Jessika Smith - Alto Sax/Flute


Why Obsidian Animals: When traveling, Torrey takes with him a small kitty carved from obsidian - the inspiration for “Obsidian Kitty”. No more than 1.5 inches tall, this kitty was sold to Torrey in Mexico on the steps of the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan when he was seven years old. The kitty has now taken “selfies” in France, Switzerland, Italy and South Korea. In the Swiss Alps, kitty was the focus; while at the Vatican, kitty took priority over priceless sculptures. In addition to being a travel log, kitty now has a following of its own and has become the icon for the band - out discovering the beauty we find everywhere. You can keep up with the Kitty's travels here.

Torrey Newhart © 2017

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