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   Sam Newsome 

Soprano Saxophonist

Improviser
Solo Performer

Sound Enthusiast


Three New 2020 LIVE Releases!

FREE WYOMING: SN TRIO

(Live at the Metro Coffee Co.)

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Matt Smiley, bass

Ron Coulter, drums


 Free Wyoming is just one of those albums you can't take your ears off of.  - Mike Jurkoic, All About Jazz


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SONIC JOURNEY: SOLO CONCERT (Live at the Red Room)

Sam Newsome, soprano sax


Sonic Journey: Live at the Red Room is a wonderful exploration in sound, and the use of unconventional means of producing it. - Marcus Ballard, Sybaritic Singer


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 He is a master of tone and the notoriously difficult tuning of the soprano saxophone is never an issue. - Marl Bank, Marl Bank's Music Blog


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Sam Newsome & Kayla Milmine -Subspace Interception

(Live a the Women from Space Festival)

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Kayla Milmine, soprano sax


A whole lot of wow. -  Kevin Press, The Moderns


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Latest News in 2020!

From March 8, 2020, I will perform duo with soprano saxophonist Kayla Milmine at 2nd Annual Women from Space Festival


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Receive the 2020 Instant Award in Improvised Music. Other recipients include:

Peter Brotzmann

Nate Woley

Okkyung Lee

Mats Gustafsson

and others...


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This year's nominees:

  • Jane Ira Bloom
  • Sam Newsome
  • Dave Liebman
  • Branford Marsalis


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Featured as a part of the 2020 COVID COMMISSIONS.

Also included:

  • Jacob Sacks
  • Caroline Davis
  • Anna Webber
  • and others...


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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.


Members:

  • 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..


Members:

  • 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.

Members: 

  • 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.

    Due to COVID-19, all public performances have been canceled.

    Upcoming Performances

    January 1, 2020


    Sam Newsome's Chaos Theory Unit (Prepared Saxophone Quartet)

    Sam Newsome, soprano sax

    Caroline Davis, soprano sax

    Catherine Sikora, soprano sax

    Donald Chapman, soprano sax

    Showtime @ 9:00 PM

    Muchmore's

    2 Havemeyer St 
    Brooklyn, New York


    January 20, 2020

    Sam Newsome Quartet 

    Sam Newsome, soprano sax

    Angelica Sanchez, piano

    Luke Stewart, bass

    Reggie Nicholson, drums

    Sets at 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM

    Smalls Jazz Club

    183 West 10th street

    New York, New York


    January 25, 2020

    Pepperland: Mark Morris & Ethan Iverson

    Showtime @ 7:30 PM

    Northrop at University of Minnesota

    Minneapolis, Minnesota


    January 26, 2020

    Sam Newsome (solo)

    Showtime @9:00 PM

    13 Monroe Street

    New York, NY



    January 30 & 31, 2020

    Pepperland: Mark Morris & Ethan Iverson

    Showtime @ 7:30 PM

    Cullen Theater

    Houston, Texas

    TICKET INFO


    February 8, 2020

    Harriman-Jewell Series

    Pepperland: Mark Morris & Ethan Iverson

    Showtime @ 7:30 PM

    Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Muriel Kauffman Theatre

    Kansas City, Missouri

    TICKET INFO


    March 5 & 6, 2020

    Casper College Arts

    Sam Newsome, solo

    Wheeler Concert Hall

    125 College Drive

    Casper, Wyoming

    TICKET INFO


    March 7, 2020

    Women From Space Festival

    Duo: Kayla Milmine, soprano sax & Sam Newsome, soprano sax

    918 Bathurst Center

    Toronto, ON

    TICKET INFO


    March 8, 2020

    Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group & Williams CME Church

    IT IS AFRICANA

    "Spiritual Afternoon of African Music and Dance"

    Francisco Mora Catlett & Afro Horn and the Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble

    Showtime at 5:00 PM

    Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (132nd Street)

    New York, NY

    TICKET INFO




    March 13 & 14, 2020 

    Seattle Improvised Music Festival

    Sam Newsome, solo

    Good Shepherd Chapel

    4649 Sunnyside Ave N

    Seattle, WA

    TICKET INFO



    March 24 - 27, 2020

    Improvisers Exchange / Sudden Sound Residency

    Sam Newsome, solo & masterclasses

    Krannert Art Museum

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

    500 E Peabody Dr

    Champaign, IL 

    TICKET INFO


    March 29, 2020

    Downtown Music Gallery

    Afro Horn Trio @ 7:00 PM

    Sam Newsome, soprano sax

    Bob Stewart, tuba

    Francisco Mora Catlett, drums

    13 Monroe Street

    New York,NY

    TICKET INFO


    April 5, 2020

    Jazz Habitat

    Mara Rosenbloom, Sam Newsome, & Andrew Drury

    Showtime: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    215 E. 99th Street

    New York, NY 10029

    TICKET INFO



    April 10 & 11, 2020

    Smalls Jazz Club

    Sam Newsome Quartet 

    Sam Newsome, soprano sax

    Angelica Sanchez, piano

    Hillard Greene, bass

    Reggie Nicholson, drums

    Sets at 10:30 PM & midnight

    183 West 10th street

    New York, New York

    TICKET INFO


    April 11, 2020

    The Stone at the New School

    Fay Victor's SoundNoiseFunk

    Fay Victor, vocals

    Joe Morris, guitar

    Sam Newsome, soprano sax

    Reggie Nicholson, drums

    Showtime @ 8:00 PM

    Glass Box Theater

    55 W 13th St.

    New York, NY 

    TICKET INFO


    April 18, 2020

    Sista's Place

    Ahmed Abdulla Ensemble/Francisco Mora Catlett & Afro Horn

    Showtime @ 9:00 PM & 10:30 PM

    456 Nostrand Ave

    Brooklyn, NY

    TICKET INFO


    April 25, 2020

    Singularity Music Series

    Sam Newsome, solo

    Sam Newsome/Alvaro Domene Duo

    Showtime: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Kingston, New York

    TICKET INFO


    May 4, 2020

    Bushwick Improvised Music Series

    Sam Newsome (TBA)

    Showtime @ 9:00 PM

    Bushwick Public House

    1288 Myrtle Ave.

    Brooklyn, NY

    TICKET INFO



    May 29,2020

    Brink Festival @ Spectrum

    Sam Newsome & Sandy Ewen Duo

    Event: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Spectrum

    70 Flushing Ave. Garage A

    Brooklyn, NY
    TICKET INFO


    June 5, 2020

    Performance Santa Fe

    Pepperland: Mark Morris & Ethan Iverson

    Showtime @ 7:30 PM

    Lensic Performing Arts Center

    Santa Fe, New Mexico 

    TICKET INFO


    July 15, 2020

    Monday Night Jazz @ Quinn's

    Sam Newsome Trio

    Sam Newsome, soprano sax

    Hilliard Greene, bass

    Reggie Nicholson, drums

    Quinn's

    330 Main Street

    Beacon, NY

    TICKET INFO



    August 6, 2020

    BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival

    Pepperland: Mark Morris & Ethan Iverson

    Showtime: TBA

    Prospect Park Bandshell

    TICKET INFO


    September 9 - 13, 2020

    Seattle Improvised Music Festival

    Sam Newsome, solo

    Good Shepherd Chapel

    4649 Sunnyside Ave. N

    Seattle, WA

    TICKET INFO


    January 29 ad 30, 2021

    Modin Center for the Arts

    Pepperland: Mark Morris and Ethan Iverson

    Showtime: TBA

    Richmond, VA









    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 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.





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    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."

     



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


    Phil Freeman, The Wire

    INTERVIEWS


    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

    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)

    CONTACT Sam Newsome