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   Sam Newsome 

Soprano Saxophonist

Improviser
Solo Performer

Sound Enthusiast


Latest News in 2020!

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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Featured as a part of the Seattle Improvised Music Festival


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Featured artists:


Shai Maestro

Michael Mayo

Trina Basu

Sam Newsome

Interview with Neon Jazz

Discussing what it's like being a musician during COVID-19.

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.

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    Upcoming Performances


    Saturday, September 5, 2020

    Detroit Jazz Festival

    Alex Harding & Afro Horn

    Alex Harding, bari sax

    Sam Newsome, soprano sax

    Auran Ortiz, piano

    Rashaan Carter, bass

    Roman Diaz, percussion

    Francisco Mora Catlett

    Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center 

    Showtime @1:00 PM

    Detroit, MI



    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Artists for a Free World Protest Concerts

    Sam Newsome Trio

    Sam Newsome, soprano sax

    Hilliard Greene, bass

    Reggie Nicholson, drums

    La Plaza at Clemente (Norfolk Street parking lot entrance between Delancy and Rivington)

    Showtime @ 5:00 PM

    New York, NY



    Sunday, September 20, 2020 

    3rd Sunday Jazz online with Beyond Flute Group w/Cheryl Pyle and Friends

    6BC Botanical Garden

    Zoom live (please send inquiry)

    4:00 PM


    Saturday, October 3, 2020

    The Lookdown Sessions presented by The Jazz Gallery

    Sam Newsome, solo saxophone

    Zoom live (please send inquiry)

    7:00 PM


    Sunday, October 4, 2020

    Quarantine Jam

    Mara Rosenbloom, piano

    Melanie Dyer, viola

    Sam Newsome, soprano sax


    Open Source Gallery

    306 17th Street

    Brooklyn, NY

    5:00 PM


     Sunday, October 4, 2020

    Sam Newsome, solo

    Live Stream

      Racer Sessions YouTube Channel:

    10:00 PM



    Sunday, October 18, 2020

    3rd Sunday Jazz online with Beyond Flute Group w/Cheryl Pyle and Friends

    6BC Botanical Garden

    Zoom live (please send inquiry)

    4:00 PM


    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

    Virtual Masterclass/St. Olaf College

    "The Music of Steve Lacy"

    3:00 PM


    Thursday, November 12, 2020
    Virtual Residency/University of Illinois
    Krannert Art Museum
    Solo saxophone performance
    5:00 PM


    Friday, November 13, 2020
    Virtual Residency/University of Illinois
    Krannert Art Museum
    Online workshop and masterclass on improvisation
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



    Sunday, November 22, 2020 

    3rd Sunday Jazz online with Beyond Flute Group w/Cheryl Pyle and Friends

    6BC Botanical Garden

    Zoom live (please send inquiry)

    4:00 PM



    Sunday, December 20, 2020 

    3rd Sunday Jazz online with Beyond Flute Group w/Cheryl Pyle and Friends

    6BC Botanical Garden

    Zoom live (please send inquiry)

    4:00 PM















    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