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   Sam Newsome 

Soprano Saxophonist

Solo Performer

Sound Enthusiast

2023 Concert Dates


January 7, 2023

Polish Consulate

Sam Newsome Quartet

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

DD Jackson, piano

Hilliard Greene, bass

Reggie Nicholson, drums

233 Madison Ave.

New York, NY

7:00 PM


January 9, 2023


Max Johnson/Sam Newsome duo

376 9th St Brooklyn NY 11215

4th Ave stop on the R

Tel 347 422 0248

Brooklyn, NY

7:00 PM


January 17, 2023

Center for Psychic Technology@Trans-Pescos

Solo and group improvisations

Other musicians TBA

9-15 Wyckoff Ave, 16-11 Weirfield Street

Ridgewood, New York

7:00 PM - 10: 30 PM 


January 28, 2023

Five Myles Art Gallery – Jo Wood-Brown Exhibition

Solo Saxophone

5:30pm: Sam Newsome

6:30pm: William Parker - Ellen Christi - Patricia Nicholson 


558 St Johns Pl

Brooklyn, NY



February 3, 2023

Marshall Allen & NYC All-Stars 

Featuring Darius Jones, Isaiah Collier, Sam Newsome, Brandon Lopez, and more.

SHIFT - 411 Kent Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11249

In-Person: $25/advance, $30 at the door

8:00 PM


February 4, 2023

Jazz Gallery

Ethan Iverson Septet – 50th Birthday Concert

Ethan Iverson -piano

Jonathan Finlayson -trumpet

Sam Newsome -saxophone

Jacob Garchik -trombone

Rob Schwimmer -theremin

 Simón Willson -bass

Vinnie Sperrazza -drums

+ special guests

1158 Broadway, 5th floor

(entrance on 27th st)

New York, NY 10001

7:30 PM & 10:30 PM



February 7, 2023

Pepperland - Lensic Performing Arts Center

Mark Morris Dance Group

Santa Fe, New Mexico

7:30 PM


February 10, 2023

Pepperland - George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts | Part of the Hylton Presents Series

Mark Morris Dance Group

Manassas, VA

8:00 PM

February 14, 2023

Recording session with Francisco Mora Catlett @ Afro Horn

Samurai Hote Recording Studio

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Bob Stewart, tuba

Roman Diaz, percussion

Francisco Mora Catlett, drums

February 16, 2023

Aaron Irvin webcast Thanks For Dropping By. Air date TBA

March 9, 2023

Jamaica Center for Art and Learning

Thursday Night Jazz Series

Angelica Sanchez 

161-04 Jamaica Ave,
Jamaica, NY

8:00 PM

March 18, 2023

Duo recording with bassist Max Johnson

March 23, 2023

Shea Theater Arts Center

Joe Morris Trio

71 Avenue A

Turners Falls, MA 


March 24, 2023

Firehouse 12

Joe Morris Trio

45 Crown St

New Haven, CT 

April 5, 2023

Dave Sewelson Quartet

Main Drag

8:00 PM

50 South 1st Street (Between Kent ave and Wythe Ave)

Brooklyn, NY


April 12, 2023


DJ: John Pugh 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Sam Newsome (solo) 8:30 PM

Saturn Lavender 9:10 PM


HERE 10:40 PM

DJ 11:10 PM

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

April 15, 2023

Pioneer Jazz Shares

Stephen Haynes & Knuckleball

Northampton, MA


April 21 & 22, 2023

Firehouse 12

Stephen Haynes & Knuckleball 

Concert & Recording

45 Crown St

New Haven, CT 



April 23, 2023

Real Art Ways

Stephen Haynes & Knuckleball

56 Arbor St

Hartford, CT 



April 28, 2023

Bar Bayeax

Christine Correa Quintet

Christine Correa, voice

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Andrew Boudreau - piano 
Kim Cass - bass 
Michael Sarin - drums

1066 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225

8:00 PM

April 29, 2023


Max Johnson, Erin Rogers & Sam Newsome

6:00 PM

May 6, 2023

Pineapple Reality (Hosted by Ka Baird)


7:00 PM

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

May 20, 2023

Christine Correa Group

AAPI Jazz Festival

Newark, NJ

2:30 PM

May 30, 2023

Ben Stapp/Sam Newsome Duo

Downtown Music Gallery

13 Monroe St.

New York, NY 

June 4, 2023

Chaos Computer


8:00 PM

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

June 7, 2023

James Ingenfritz Group

James Ilgenfritz

Sandy Ewen

Michael Foster

Sam Newsome


411 Kent Ave.

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

June 11, 2023

Soapbox Gallery

Solo/duo with Sylvie Courvoisier

8:00 PM

636 Dean St

Brooklyn, NY


June 29, 2023

Noa Fort Trio

Noa Fort, piano and voice

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Sean Conly, bass

8:00 PM

Brooklyn Artery

1004 Cortelyou Rd

Brooklyn, NY

June 16 & 17, 2023

Smalls Jazz Club

Sam Newsome/Dave Liebman Quartet 

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Dave Liebman, soprano sax

Mark Helias, bass

Reggie Nicholson, drums

183 W 10th St

New York, NY


7:00 PM & 8:30 PM

July 8, 2023

Downtown Music Gallery (IN-STORE SHOW)

Sam Newsome, (solo

6:00 PM 

13 Monroe Street

New York, NY

July 12, 2023

The Main Drag

Noah Fort

Sean Conly

Sam Newsome

8:00 PM

50 S 1st St

Brooklyn, NY


July 15, 2023

WOW Summer Festival @Ibeam

Sam Newsome/Dave Liebman Duo

8:15 PM

168 7th Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
United States

July 29, 2023

Never Ending Books Series


Other performs TBA 

7:00 PM

810 State St

New Haven, CT


August 23, 2023

Open Source Gallery

Mara Rosenbloom Trio

Mara Rosenbloom, piano

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Andrew Drury, drums

306 17th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

September 4, 2023

Arts for Art In-Garden Series

Leo Chang, piri and taepyungso

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Lesley Mok, drums

First Street Green Cultural Park

 33 E 1st St

New York, NY


October 1, 2023


Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Adam Lane, bass

James Paul Nadien, drums

168 7th Street

Brooklyn, NY


October 4, 2023

Arts for Art In-Garden Series

Sam Newsome Trio

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Adam Lane, bass

James Paul Nadien, drums

First Street Green Cultural Park

 33 E 1st St

New York, NY

October 6, 2023


Gino Sitson/Sam Newsome duo

837 Union Street

Brooklyn,  NY

October 8, 2023

Arts for Art In-Garden Series

Devin Drahja Waldman Quartet

Devin Brahja Waldman, alto saxophone

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Michael TA Thompson, drums

Shayna Dulberger, bass 

October 14, 2023

Downtown Music Gallery

Josh Sinton/Sam Newsome Duo

13 Monroe Street

New York, NY

October 28. 2023

FiFac's House

Never Ending Books

Sam Newsome, sax

Joe Morris, guitar

Caleb Duval, bass

810 State Street

New Haven, Conn

7:00 PM

November 14, 2023

Gogue Performing Arts@ Auburn University

Pepperland - Mark Morris Dance Group

Woltosz Theatre

910 S College St, Auburn, AL


7:00 PM

November 16, 2023

Never Ending Books Series

Joe Morris, guitar

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Herb Robertson, trumpet

Jerome Dupree, percussion

Brad Barrett, bass

New Haven, Conn

November 18, 2023

P.I.T. Records and Books - Outlier's Series

Sam Newsome Trio

Adam Lane, bass

James Paul Nadien, drums

411 South 5th St,
Los Sures, Williamsburg.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

December 6, 2023

The Main Drag

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Sandy Ewen, guitar

Kevin Murray, drums

50 S 1st St

Brooklyn, NY 


December 16, 2023

Bar Bayeaux

Stephan Crump Trio

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Stephan Crump, bass

Jonathan Blake, drums

1066 Nostrand Ave.

Brooklyn, NY



January 24, 2024

The Music of Chris Cochrane

Ensemble 1

Sam Newsome - saxophones

Jessica Pavone - Viola

Stephen Haynes - Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn and trumpet

Lester St, Louis - Cello

Yoona Kim - Ajaeng

James Paul Nadien - drums, percussion

Chris Cochrane - guitar

Ensemble 2John Thayer - drums electronics 

Nick Jozwiac- bass

Shoko Nagai - Piano, keyboards electronics

Stan Zenkov - saxophones

Chris Cochrane - Chris


Finalist for Soprano Saxophonist of the Year (JJA)

Won the 15th Annual International Critics Poll (Soprano Saxophone Category)

My new book is now available. CLICK HERE

A collection of personal essays about creativity, learning, and the business of music.

New Recording with Dave Liebman - Soprano-Logues (Digital only)

Jazz Journalists Awards - Nominees

2022 Nominees

Jane Ira Bloom

Jane Burnett

Dave Liebman

Roscoe Mitchell

Sam Newsome

Featured Review 

Please check out my review by Terrell K. Holmes in the New York City Jazz Record. 

Latest News!

15th Annual International Critics Poll

I was honor to win the Soprano Saxophone category in the 15th Annual International Critics Poll.

Congrats to all who made it!

Jazz Journalist Awards - Nominees

I was honored to be one of the 2023 nominees for SOPRANO SAXOPHONIST OF THE YEAR by the Jazz Journalist Awards. 

Jane Ira Bloom

Dave Liebman

Branford Marsalis

Sam Newsome

Musical Projects

Chaos Theory Unit Saxophone Quartet

Chaos Theory Unit is an experimental saxophone quartet consisting of four soprano saxophones. The instruments are often performed in prepared states.


  • Sam Newsome, soprano sax
  • Caroline Davis, soprano sax
  • Rodney Chapman, soprano sax
  • Catherine Sikora, soprano sax

Sam Newsome Quartet

This modern jazz/experimental quartet features Sam Newsome's original compositions, as well as the re-imagining of commonly known jazz classics..


  • Sam Newsome, soprano sax
  • Angelical Sanchez, piano
  • Hilliard Greene, bass
  • Reggie Nicholson, drums

Sam Newsome Trio

This trio plays all improvised music. Much of the musical activity is directed by Newsome's personal vocabulary of sounds and experimentations.


  • Sam Newsome, soprano sax
  • Hilliard Greene, bass
  • Reggie Nicholson, drums

    Sam Newsome(Solo)

    During his solo concerts, Newsome takes listeners on a musical journey from the early beginnings of jazz to the unexplored terrains of the avant garde.


    "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 often works in the medium of solo saxophone, an approach for which he gained world-wide critical acclaim with his 2009 recording, Blue Soliloquy: Solo Works for Soprano Saxophone. This recording received a five-star review in Downbeat magazine. 


    Newsome has since released several critically acclaimed solo saxophone CDs: 


    • Sonic Journey: Live at the Red Room (2020);
    • Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone (2019);
    • 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); 
    • The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1 (2012). 



    Ed Enright, from Downbeat magazine, called The Straight Horn of Africa, “a modern masterpiece.”


    Many of the notes and sounds used in his compositions and improvisations stem from his sound palette of extended techniques and saxophone preparations. Newsome often attaches tube extensions to the neck of the soprano that significantly changes the timbre of the instrument as well as extends the soprano’s range by an octave or two. Conceptually speaking, Newsome sees himself more along the lines of a visual artist who paints with notes and sounds rather than shapes and colors.


    Newsome has also received numerous accolades for his adventurous work, including this year’s 2020 Instant Award in Improvised Music, along with fellow avant-gardists Peter Brotzmann and John Butcher. He was also named a nominee for Soprano Saxophonist of the Year by the 2020 Jazz Journalist Association. Past recognitions include the 2018 New Music USA Grant, the 2018 Alpert/Ragdale Prize in Music Composition and the 2016 NYFA Fellowship for Music Composition


    In addition to his solo work, Newsome leads a trio with Hilliard Greene and Reggie Nicholson. He is a frequent collaborator with drummer Andrew Cyrille, vocalist Fay Victor, and tours regularly with Pepperland, a music and dance work by Mark Morris and Ethan Iverson that pays tribute to The Beatles.



    "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."


    He is a total master of his instrument, and he can play extraordinary melodies on it.

    Phil Freeman, The Wire


    NPR’s FRESH AIR - K.  Whitehead

    NEON JAZZ - Joe Dimino

    The Burning Ambulance

    - Phil Freeman

    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


    - Maciej Krawiec

    The Jazz Chronicles

    - Michael Pelias


    (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)

    CONTACT Sam Newsome