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   Sam Newsome 

Soprano Saxophonist

Improviser
Solo Performer

Sound Enthusiast


NEW Releases

Cosmic Unconsciousness Unplugged

" Extremely talented instrumentalists and excellent improvisers" -  All About Jazz


"...he (Sam Newsome) improvises ferociously" - DownBeat


"...a special chemistry that has taken them in the new directions." - New York City Record


"The combined technical skill, imagination and close listening of the partnership makes their completely free work absorbing." - Jazz Wise


Soprano-Logues

"Soprano-logues, is a daring, captivating work, and one of the most refreshing and imaginative albums of the past few years."  - New York City Jazz Record.

2024 Concert Dates


January 30, 2024

Out Music Festival/Theater for the City of New York

Michael TA Thompson Trio

Sam Newsome, soprano

Michael Foster, saxes

Michael TA Thompson, drums and percussion

155 1st Ave.

New York, NY 10003


February 15, 2024

Mezzrow

Sam Newsome/Jean-Michel Pilc Duo

163 W 10th St, New York, NY

10014


February 24, 2024

Never Ending Books

Caleb Duval 

Hartford, Conn


Wednesday March 6, 2024

Christine Correa Tour

House Concert

Bar Harbor, Maine


Thursday March 7, 2024

Christine Correa Tour

Emery Arts Space

Farmington, Maine


Friday, March 8, 2024

Christine Correa Tour

  Dance Hall

Kittery, Maine


Saturday March 9, 2024

Christine Correa Tour

 Portland Conservatory of Music

Portland, Maine


Sunday March 10, 2024

Christine Correa Tour

Next Stage Arts

Putney, Vermont


March 17, 2024

Real Art Ways

Joe Morris

Taylor Ho Bynum

Francisco Mela

Sam Newsome

56 Arbor St

Hartford, CT


April 10, 2024

Duke University Residency

Q&A in a class for non music majors (class is called Giants of Jazz)

Duke Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal 

Attend campus jam session


April 11, 2024

Duke University Residency

 Coaching session with jazz combo students from North Carolina Central University 

 Duke Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal 

Friday, April 12, 2024

Duke University Residency

Interview at WNCU Radio Station 

Concert with the Duke Jazz Ensemble (Baldwin Auditorium)


Sunday, April 27, 2024

Elysium Furnace Works Series

Fay Victor & SoundNoise Funk

w/Joe Morris and Reggie Nicholson 
VBI Theatre of Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

12 Vassar Street

Poughkeepsie, NY


Thursday, May 2, 2024

Adam Kloker/Sam Newsome

Bar Bayeux

Brooklyn, NY


May 9, 2024

Lily Pad

Eric Rosenthal Group

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

 Pandelis Karayorgis, piano

Brittany Karlson on bass

Eric Rosenthal

1353 Cambridge St

Cambridge, MA

02139


May 10 & 11, 2024

Diese Onze Live Jazz Bar

Jean Michel Pilc Trio featuring Sam Newsome

Jean-Michel Pilc, piano

Ira Coleman, bass

Rich Irwin, drums

4115 Saint Denis St

Montreal


May 19, 2024

Synagogue in Nashville, Tennesse (TBA)

The Global Unity Project

Meg Okura, violin

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Yotam Yoshay, piano

Youngchae Jeong, bass

Nashville, Tennessee Synagogue (TBA)


June 28, 2024

Rhizome DC

Sam Newsome & Max Johnson Duo

 6950 Maple St

NW, Washington, DC

20012


June 29, 2024

Fire Museum Presents

Sam Newsome & Max Johnson Duo

Philadelphia, PA




Published Books

Provocative thoughts about creativity and the business of music.

Insightful essays about being a jazz musiciain.

Recent Podcast Appearances

Everything Saxophone w/ Debbie Schwartz


Dr. Jazz Talks

w/Salmo Salamon

Thanks for Dropping By w/ Aaron Irwin

BIOGRAPHY


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

- Mark Corroto, All About Jazz 


 

Sam Newsome stands as a multifaceted figure in the world of jazz—a saxophonist, music professor, and accomplished writer. In 2023, his artistic endeavors manifested in two duo recordings: Soprano-Logues, a collaborative effort with saxophonist Dave Liebman, and Cosmic Unconsciousness Unplugged, where he joined forces with pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. These releases showcased Newsome's ability to engage in sonically-rich musical dialogues across different instrumental landscapes.

 

His contributions to the music world have not gone unnoticed. In 2022, Newsome received the prestigious Bronx BRIO Award for Instrumental Music and secured the title of Soprano Saxophonist of the Year in the 14th Annual International Critics Polls. His accolades extend to the 2020 Instant Award in Improvised Music, the 2018 Alpert/Ragdale Prize in Music Composition, the 2016 NYFA Fellowship for Music Composition, and he's been a consistent nominee for Soprano Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association over the past five years.

 

Beyond his musical accomplishments, Newsome is a prolific author, having penned two books of personal essays: "Be Inspired, Stay Focused" (2022) and "Life Lessons from the Horn" (2015). In 2023, his piece, “From NoHa to SoBro” was featured in the Bronx Memoir Project Anthology, VII.

 

Newsome's avant-garde approach, particularly in the realm of prepared saxophone, has positioned him as a sought-after player in New York's improvised music scene. His innovative voice has resonated in collaborations with notable artists such as Elliot Sharpe, William Parker, Fay Victor, Daniel Carter, Joe Morris, and Dave Liebman. Through his diverse talents and contributions, Sam Newsome continues to shape and enrich the landscape of contemporary jazz.


Discography as a leader:


  • Solo: Live at the Catalytic Sound Festival  (2024)
  • Cosmic Unconsciousness Unplugged (2023)
  • Soprano-Logues (2023)
  •  Subspace Interception (2020)
  • Free Wyoming (2020)
  • Sonic Journey: Live at the Red Room (2020)
  • Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone (2019)
  • Romanian-American Jazz Suite (2017)
  • 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)
  • Blue Soliloquy (2009)
  • Monk Abstractions (2007)
  • Global Unity (2001)
  • Sam Newsome & Global Unity (1999)
  • Sam I Am (1994)








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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