Local Jazz fans who keep an eye on the clubs for young players coming out of University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music no doubt remember trumpeter Brian Newman in the late ’90s/early ’00s. A Cleveland native, Newman ultimately landed in New York City after graduation and started working. He’s been there over a decade now.Newman hit the NYC scene hard, earned a steady stream of gigs and met some key contacts. Putting together a band with some fellow CCM grads (including Alex Smith on organ, Paul Francis on drums, bassist Scott Ritchie and Steve Kortyka on tenor sax), Newman scored a sweet residency at the Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room. His shows have been a big draw, as Newman and crew do the “hip lounge lizard” thing with a healthy dose of humor thrown in. Turns out Newman is a pretty solid singer as well, lending his hearty vocals to standards like “It Had to Be You” and “That’s Life.” Along with a slew of other performing gigs, Newman also holds a residency at Duane Park, where one of those “contacts” — Newman’s girlfriend (now fiancé) Angie Pontani — came into play.