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   Sam Newsome 

Soprano Saxophonist

Improviser
Solo Performer

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 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


April 10 & 11, 2020

Smalls Jazz Club

Sam Newsome Quartet 

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Angelica Sanchez, piano

Luke Stewart, 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


May 4, 2020

Bushwich Improvised Music Series

Sam Newsome (TBA)

Showtime @ 9:00 PM

Bushwich Public House

1288 Myrtle Ave.

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










Latest News in 2020!

It was great to sit down with my old friend Dave Bixler for an in depth conversation on his new podcast, Liner Notes.

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LISTEN HERE

My solo CD, Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone received an Honorable Mention as part of New York City Jazz Record's  Best of 2019 Recordings.


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I started off the year debuting a new group called Sam Newsome's Chaos Theory Unit.


We performed at Muchmore's in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, as a part of Chris Libutti's Limited Resources Series.


CTU Members:

Sam Newsome, soprano saxophone

Caroline Davis, soprano saxophone

Catherine Sikora, soprano saxophone

Don Chapman, soprano saxophone


Check out the video below.


It was nice to place in the 12th Annual International Critics Poll.  I could not ask to be in greater company.


DUODÉCIMA ENCUESTA ANUAL A PERIODISTAS INTERNACIONALES

(TWELFTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CRITICS POLL)


  • DAVE LIEBMAN (51 Votos)
  • Evan Parker (48 Votos)
  • Roscoe Mitchell (46 Votes)
  • Sam Newsome (37 Votes)
  • John Butcher (24  Votes)
  • Jane Ira Bloom (27 Votes)


CLICK HERE FOR FULL RESULTS



A New Documentary "Improv Workshop Project (IWP)"

I'm very happy to announce that a new documentary by Conor Nickerson featuring me and composer/violinist Meg Okura is now available. Hosted by Jean-Michel Pilc and the Improv Workshop Project (IWP), the workshop featured us along with many outstanding musicians from Montreal's improvised music scene during a residency from February 21-23, 2019. This included playing sessions, a day of recording at Studios Piccolo and a concert at Tanna Schulich Hall of Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone

Steve Lacy once said that the "potential of the saxophone is unlimited." Newsome's Chaos Theory proves this time and time again..

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SELECT REVIEWS

Jazziz Backstage Pass: LISTEN HERE 


Jazziz Magazine:  READ HERE


The Jazz Session: LISTEN HERE


DownBeat - Editor's Pick  (June issue): READ HERE


Hot House (June Issue): READ HERE


New York City Jazz Record: READ HERE


Jazz Weekly: READ HERE





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 expands the sound of a single soprano into a one-man band,” writes Mark Corroto.


Many of the notes and sounds that comprise his compositions and improvisations stem from his sound palette of extended techniques. Newsome often prepares the soprano saxophone using tube extensions that he builds that significantly changes the timbre of the instrument as well as extends the soprano’s range by an octave or two. Newsome sees himself more along the lines of a visual artist who paints with notes and sounds rather than shapes and colors.


“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,” says Nick DeRiso.


In 2016, Newsome received the prestigious NYFA Fellowship for Music Composition. And in 2018, he received the New Music USA Grant and The Alpert/Ragdale Prize in Music Composition.


Newsome has released seven critically acclaimed solo saxophone CDs: -  

 - 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 called The Straight Horn of Africa, “a modern masterpiece.”


In addition to his solo work, Newsome leads a trio with Hilliard Greene and Reggie Nicholson, 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.


Lastly, Newsome is an associate professor of music at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University.



                 INTERVIEW ON NEON JAZZ WITH JOE DIMINO

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 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