Jaime Ray Newman is an American actress. Newman's elementary education took place at Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit where she starred in the role of Ado Annie Carnes in the 8th grade play of "Oklahoma". After Hillel, Jaime attended the Cranbrook Kingswood School and spent her summers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts where she won the Corson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. While in high school at Cranbrook, she won first place in the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association, a state-wide dramatic competition, for three years in a row. Newman graduated from Cranbrook Kingswood in 1996. She then attended Boston University's School for the Arts theater conservatory for two years before transferring to Northwestern University as an English and Drama major. She is a cousin of actor Ben Kurland.
At Northwestern, Jaime founded the Ignition Festival for Women in the Arts. Through that, she produced and acted in Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, How I Learned To Drive. She also discovered a love for music. While living in Chicago, Jaime performed with her own jazz quartet along with the popular funk band, Sweet Sweet Candy.
Jaime officially moved to Los Angeles in September 2000. She earned a living performing with her jazz quartet, as well as landing parts in several short films and an appearance on The Drew Carey Show. But soon after moving to L.A., she landed the role of Kristina Carter Cassadine on the soap opera, General Hospital. While there, she continued with her music career, putting together her current cover band, School Boy Crush. She also landed a part in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, with a scene opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
Jaime and School Boy Crush have played regularly at The Buffalo Club in Santa Monica, California, at Moomba in West Hollywood, Nick's Martini Lounge, Café Cordiale, and the Lux in Beverly Hills, covering a wide variety of music from funk and soul to R&B and blues.
Most recently, they played the ESPN Awards party at The Highlands, the adjoining venue to the Kodak Theatre. The group's musicians include: guitarist Yogi from The Wallflowers; saxophonist/flutist Katisse Buckingham from Herbie Hancock's band; bassist Danny "Creamy Fingers" Dunlap; drummer Aaron Sterling; and pianist Kristopher Pooley from Jane's Addiction.
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