Sam Newsome 

Soprano Saxophonist Improviser
Solo Performer

LATEST NEWS

2018 WFMU Interview

Appearance on "Minature Minotaurs" with Kurt Gottschalk on WFMU. On-air performance and interview.

2018 Downbeat Critics Poll

Placed in the top 10 at #6 in the Soprano Saxophone category in the 2018 Downbeat Critics Poll. 

1. Jane Ira Bloom

2. Wayne Shorter

3. Dave Liebman

4. Jane Bunnett

5. Anat Cohen

6. Sam Newsome

7. Branford Marsalis

8. Steve Wilson

9. Ravi Coltrane

10. Evan Parker



2018 New Music USA Grant Awardees!

Recording project  "Solo Works for Prepared Soprano Saxophone" was awarded the 2018 New Music USA grant. Mr. Newsome was one of the 108 awardees of the 1114 applicants. Mr. Newsome says that this recording will venture into a new creative territory. He plans to finish recording this project by August 2018.


2018 The  Alpert/Ragdale Prize in Music Composition

Recipient of the  Alpert/Ragdale Prize in Music Composition. Mr. Newsome will use this residency prize as an opportunity to compose new music in the summer of 2019. This prize was made possible by the Herb Alpert Foundation. 


2018 Jazz Journalists Award Nominees

Nominated as Soprano Saxophonist of the Year by the 2018 Jazz Journalists Association. Other nominees include Jane Ira Bloom and Dave Liebman.


2018 Solo Concert at St. Mary's

On March 10, Mr. Newsome gave a solo saxophone performance at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, located at 521 126th street, New York, NY 10027. Showtime is at 3:30 PM. I will showcase some new prepared soprano techniques.


2018 Jazz Times Review!

Read Here: Dan Bilawsky's JazzTimes review of my duo CD with pianist Jean-Michel Pilc.


2018 Downbeat Magazine Review!

READ HERE: Bill Milkowski's DOWNBEAT review of Fay Victor and SoundNoiseFUNK at the 2018 Winter 2018 Winter Jazz Fest.


2018 Annual Jazz Station Awards

Nominated as one of the top soprano saxophone performances on 2017 in the  39th Annual Jazz Station Awards/The Best of 2017 for his performance on Fire Dance with vocalist Beater Pater.


2018 International Critics Polls!

Placed second in the 2017 DÉCIMA ENCUESTA ANUAL A PERIODISTAS INTERNACIONALES: Tenth Annual International Critics Polls. 


Soprano Saxophone Category

1. Jane Ira Bloom

2. Sam Newsome

3. Evan Parker

4. Roscoe Mitchell

5. John Butcher





Upcoming Performances


January 9, 2018
Sam Newsome-Amirtha Kidambi Duo
Arts for Art Series
The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY
SHOWTIME: 9:00 PM
TICKET INFO


January 12, 2018
The 2018 Winter Jazz Fest
w/ Fay Victor and SoundNoise Funk
Fay Victor, voice
Sam Newsome, soprano sax
Joe Morris, guitar
Reggie Nicholson, drums


The New School
5th Floor
55 W. 13th Street
New York, New York
Showtime 9:00 PM
TICKET INFO


January 30, 2018 - February 3, 2018

L'Entrepot in Le Haillan (Residency)
Olivier Gatto and Spiritual Warriors
Shekinah Rodz, woodwinds
Sam Newsome, soprano sax
Meg Okura, violin, piano
Dimitris Sevdalis
Justin Varnes, drums

TICKET INFO


February 16, 2018
Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
Seattle Theatre Group
The Moore Theatre
Seattle, Washington
TICKET INFO


February 17, 2018
Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
Seattle Theatre Group
The Moore Theatre
Seattle, Washington
TICKET INFO


February 18, 2018
Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
Seattle Theatre Group
The Moore Theatre
Seattle, Washington
TICKET INFO


February 21, 2018

Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Portland, Oregan
TICKET INFO


February 24, 2018
Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Toronto, Canada
TICKET INFO


February 25, 2018
Toronto's Improviser Orchestra (Special Guest Sam Newsome)
ArrayMusic
Toronto, Canada
TICKET INFO


March 1, 2018
University of Wisconsin-River Fall RADD Jazz Series & the UWRF Jazz Festival (Special Guest Artist)
Rehearsal with the UW-River Falls Jazz Ensemble
TICKET INFO


March 2, 2018
University of Wisconsin-River Fall RADD Jazz Series & the UWRF Jazz Festival (Special Guest Artist)
Concert with the UW-River Falls Jazz Ensemble, 1:00 PM
Concert with the UW-River Falls Jazz Faculty, 3:00 PM
RADD Jazz Series,
TICKET INFO


March 3, 2018
University of Wisconsin-River Fall RADD Jazz Series & the UWRF Jazz Festival (Special Guest Artist)
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March 17, 2018
Sam Newsome
Solo Saxophone Concert
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
521 West 126th Street
New York, New York 10027
Showtime: 3:30 PM
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May 10, 2018
Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
UCSB Arts & Lectures
The Granda TheatreGranda Theatre
Santa, Barbara, California
TICKET INFO


May 12, 2018
Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
La Jolla Music Society
San Diego, California
TICKET INFO



May 18, 2018
Sam Newsome Trio
Sam Newsome, soprano sax
Hilliard Greene, bass
Reggie Nicholson, drums

Smalls Jazz Club
183 W. 10th Street
New York, NY 10014
Showtime: 10:00 PM and Midnight.

TICKET INFO


May 19, 2018
Sam Newsome Trio
Sam Newsome, soprano sax
Angelica Sanchez, piano
Hilliard Greene, bass
Reggie Nicholson, drums

Smalls Jazz Club
183 W. 10th Street
New York, NY 10014

Showtime: 10:00 PM and Midnight.
TICKET INFO


Sunday, June 3, 2018
Sam Newsome - SOLO
The Downtown Music Gallery
In-Store Concert Series
13 Monroe Street
New York, NY
Showtime: 7:00 PM
TICKET INFO


June 21, 2018
Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Shubert Theater
New Haven, Conn
TICKET INFO


June 22, 2018
Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Shubert Theater
New Haven, Conn
TICKET INFO


June 24, 2018
Barbès
Vinnie Sperrazza Quartet 
Sam Newsome, soprano sax
Angelica Sanchez, piano
Zach Lober, bass
Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
Brooklyn, NY
TICKET INFO

June 28, 2018
Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
Hopkins Center for the Arts – Dartmouth College
The Moore Theater
Hanover, NH
TICKET INFO


June 29, 2018
Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
Hopkins Center for the Arts – Dartmouth College
The Moore Theater
Hanover, NH
TICKET INFO


June 30, 2018
Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
Hopkins Center for the Arts – Dartmouth College
The Moore Theater
Hanover, NH
TICKET INFO


July 13, 2018
Sam Newsome - Interview and on-air solo saxophone performance
WFMU - Miniature Minotaurs hosted Kurt Gottschalk (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Jersey City, NJ
TICKET INFO



July 16, 2018

The Sam Newsome Trio

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Hill Greene, bass

Reggie Nicholson, drums

Bushwick Concert Series

Bushwick Public House

Brooklyn, NY

TICKET INFO


July 26, 2018

Fay Victor's Birthday Bash at 7:00 PM

55 Bar

New York, NY

TICKET INFO


August 11, 2018

Sam Newsome (solo)

Rhizome DC (concert series)

Washington, DC

TICKET INFO


August 20, 2018
Meg Okura's Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
New York, NY
TICKET INFO


September 19, 2018
Sam Newsome / Angelica Sanchez duo
Mezzrow Jazz Club
New York, NY
TICKET INFO


September 28, 2018
Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
Cal Performances
Zellerbach Hall
Berkeley, CA
TICKET INFO


September 29, 2018

Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
Cal Performances
Zellerbach Hall
Berkeley, CA
TICKET INFO


September 30, 2018

Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)
Cal Performances
Zellerbach Hall
Berkeley, CA
TICKET INFO


October 25, 2018
Darius Jones Quartet
UMASS Amherst Fine Arts Center - Old Chapel
Darius Jones, alto saxophone
Sam Newsome, soprano saxophone
Cooper Moore, organ
Chad Jones, drums
Amherst, MASS
TICKET INFO


October 26, 2018
Darius Jones Quartet
Firehouse 12
Darius Jones, alto saxophone
Sam Newsome, soprano saxophone
Cooper Moore, organ
Chad Jones, drums
New Haven, CONN
TICKET INFO


October 27, 2018
Darius Jones Quartet
The Jazz Gallery
Darius Jones, alto saxophone
Sam Newsome, soprano saxophone
Cooper Moore, organ
Chad Jones, drums
New Haven, CONN
TICKET INFO


November 27, 2018
Angelica Sanchez Residency
The Stone/Glass Box Theatre @ The New School
Angelica Sanchez, piano
Sam Newsome, soprano sax
Andrew Cyrille, drums
New York, NY
TICKET INFO


November 29, 2018

Sam Newsome Trio

The City of Asylum

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Hilliard Greene, bass

Reggie Nicholson, drums

Pittsburgh, Penn

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"He has an outsize command of the horn, especially in the realm of extended technique: split-tone multiphonics, slap-tongue articulation, seamless circular breathing."
- Nate Chinen, The New York Times

BIOGRAPHY


"Newsome expands the sound of a single soprano into a one-man band."

- Mark Corroto, All About Jazz 




New York-based saxophonist and composer Sam Newsome works primarily in the medium of solo saxophone, an approach through which he gained world-wide critical acclaim with the release of his 2009 recording Blue Soliloquy: Solo Works for Soprano Saxophone, which received a five-star review in Downbeat magazine..


 Many of the notes and sounds that comprise his compositions and improvisations are derived from his own personal sound palette of extended techniques: multi-phonics, flutter tonguing, percussive slap tonguing, soprano saxophone specific micro-tones, air sounds, key clicks, air hisses, acoustic sound manipulation, Tartini tones, and various forms of oral cavity manipulation. Newsome sees himself more along the lines of a visual artist who paints with notes and sounds rather than shapes and colors. “My music, “ says Newsome, “is a type of improvisatory art music in which jazz functions more as a resource than a musical genre to be interpreted with stylistic specificity.


Even though Newsome’s approach is unorthodox, it has proven very fruitful—musically and critically.


Below are a few of his accolades:


2018 - Received the New Music USA Grant

2018 – Received The Alpert/Ragdale Prize in Music Composition

2018 - Nominee for Soprano Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association

2017 – Nominated for the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts

2016 - Received the NYFA Artist’s Fellowship for the Music/Sound category 2016 - Nominee for Soprano Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association

2014 – Voted Soprano Saxophonist of the Year by the Seventh Annual International Critics Poll


Newsome has also released six critically acclaimed solo saxophone CDs including Sopranoville: Works for Prepared and Non-Prepared Saxophone (2017); The Straight Horn of Africa (2014); The Solo Concert: Sam Newsome Plays Monk and Ellington (2013); and The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1 (2012). Jazz writer Ed Enright, from Downbeat Magazine, wrote that Mr. Newsome’s The Straight Horn of Africa cd was “a modern masterpiece.”


As a performer, Newsome often performs solo saxophone concerts around New York and across the country as well as leading his own trio with bassist Hilliard Greene and drummer Reggie Nicholson. Newsome is also a frequent collaborator with drummer Andrew Cyrille, vocalist Fay Victor, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, saxophonist David Liebman, and pianist Ethan Iverson.


Lastly, Newsome is an associate professor of music at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, where he is the music program coordinator, and teaches courses in jazz improvisation, music theory, and directs the University’s jazz ensemble.



                 INTERVIEW ON NEON JAZZ WITH JOE DIMINO

Life Lessons from the Horn

Life Lessons from the Horn is my first book. It's a series of essays that all pertain to music from a technical and philosophical perspective. I first put this together with the idea creating something that musicians and artists alike would find inspirational. I've always been a firm believer that the gifts of inspiration and hope are two of the most valuable things you can give to an artist. 


But do check it out. I think you'll that it's worth the read.



"I wish I had this book when I was much younger, as I'd probably be further along in my studies by now!" - Ethan Iverson

The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation - An Amazon Kindle Essay

A compelling personal essay about jazz, creativity, and the creation of the CD, The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation.




Customer Review:


"An informative and provocative essay. Gives insight into Mr. Newsome's creative process and the issues, challenges, and questions that fuelled it.

I found it to be very inspiring..."



VIDEO FEATURE

Sam Newsome and Angelica Sanchez

This concert was recorded and performed on April 29, 2018, as a part of a concert series promoting adventurous music presented by SeedArtists.org.

Projects

Project 1: Solo Saxophone

My solo saxophone project is something I've been honing for the past 15 years. Intinially I started off as a poor imitiation of Steve Lacy and Evan Parker. But I'm happy to say that in recent years, I begun to come into my own. For the past year or two I've been working with the concept of prepared soprano--which is some really wild stuff. Check out my blog Soprano Sax Talk, to read and hear more detailed explaining of those things.

Project 2: Magic Circle (San Newsome and Jean-Michel Pilc)

Jean-Michel and I have had this project for over 10 years. But being busy with a multitude of other projects and opportunities, we just never made the time to record and tour with this project. I'm happy to say that all has changed. We have a new CD out titlesthat has been getting wonderful reviews and we're looking to tour Europe in the fall of 2018. I'm glad we're finally getting a chance to share our unique way of deconstructing standards with the world. Stay tuned!

Project 3: THE SN TRIO 

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Hilliard Greene, bass

Reggie Nicholson, drum

This trio with bassist Hillard Greene and drummer Reggie Nicholson is the band that I have ever had where we only play free. And it never gets boring. We never rehearse nor discuss what we're going to play. We just allow our instincts to take us on a collective journey, and it always works out. I'm looking to record this summer. I'll keep you posted!

RECENT CDS

An innovative take on jazz standards that successfully combines improvised music, free jazz, and elements European classical.




"This music is exquisite..."

Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

The 22 tracks on this solo soprano saxophone tour de force, showcases the true sonic versatility of this under-utilized instrument. Steve Lacy said that the "potential for the saxophone is unlimited." This album proves his point many times over.



"A cult classic, for the soprano cult."

- Otto Kokke, The Burning Ambulance



PRESS QUOTES

"Sam Newsome, one of our most talented and important jazz voices, completely outdoes himself with Sopranoville.”

Terrell Holmes, The New York City Jazz Record


"Newsome cuts around the edges of the soprano’s fundamentally sweet sound to mimic double-reed instruments from the Middle East, the native singing of Mongolia, bamboo flutes from the Orient."

Nick DeRiso, Something Else Reviews


"A cult classic, for the soprano cult.

Otto Kokke, The Burning Ambulance

"As solo sax recordings go, I remain a big fan of the Anthony Braxton / John Butcher styles and approaches. However, in view of Sopranoville, I’ll be adding Newsome to the list of individuals whose future output is of interest." 

Avant Music News


"...extended technique but taken to the next power." 

Ken Ackermann, All About Jazz

"A nice look at the outer edges from a cat with the chops to pull it off." 

MIdwest Records

"On his latest album Newsome has pushed the limits on his saxophone exploring experimental and avant-garde sounds." 

Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility

Newsome expands the sound of a single soprano into a  one-man band."

Mark Corroto, All About Jazz



INTERVIEWS


NPR’s FRESH AIR - K.  Whitehead


NEON JAZZ - Joe Dimino


The Jazz Session - Jason Crane


McGill University Press - Chris Maskell


The Radical Imagination 

- Stan Harris


From Inside Out - Debbie Burke

Hot House Magazine -

Seton Hawkins

New York City Jazz Record

- Kurt Gottschalk

JAZZARIUM.PL

- Maciej Krawiec

The Jazz Chronicles

- Michael Pelias

DISCOGRAPHY

(Click on CD Covers to BUY or LISTEN)



Magic Circle - Sam Newsome and Jean-Michel Pilc (2017)

Sopranoville - Sam Newsome (2017)

The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation (2014)

The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1 (2012)

Blue Soliloquy (2009)

Monk Abstractions (2007)

The Solo Concert: Sam Newsome Plays Monk and Ellington (2013)

Global Unity (2001)

Sam Newsome & Global Unity (1999)

Sam I AM (1994)

Booking Agency - Company of Heaven

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or

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