Sam Newsome 

Soprano Saxophonist

Improviser
Solo Performer

Upcoming Performances



January 12, 2019

SINGULARITY MUSIC SERIES

Sam Newsome (solo)

1st Set: Sam Newsome · Solo Soprano Sax

2nd Set: Guitarist Álvaro Domene and a very special guest (on drums)  

Kingston, New York

Showtime: 7:00 PM

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Francisco Mora Catlett & Afro Horn
The Zinc Bar

New York, New York
Showtime: 8:00 PM
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February 3, 2019

BABY GRAND JAZZ SERIES

Sam Newsome Quartet

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Cooper Moore, piano

Hilliard Greene, bass

Reggie Nicholson, drums

Baby Grand Jazz Series/Hartford Public Library Hartford, Conn

Showtime: 3:00 PM

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February 8, 2019

CELEBRITY SERIES IN BOSTON

Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)Music by Ethan Iverson

Shubert Theatre

Boston, Mass

Showtime: 8:00 PM

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February 9, 2019

Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)

Music by Ethan Iverson

Shubert Theatre

Boston, Mass

Showtime: 8:00 PM

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February 10, 2019

Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)

Music by Ethan Iverson

Shubert Theatre

Boston, Mass

Showtime: 3:00 PM



February 21 - 23, 2019

MCGILL UNIVERSITY RESIDENCY

Jean-Michel Pilc, piano

Meg Okura, violin,

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

McGill University Music Department

Tanna Schulich Music Hall

Montreal, QC

Showtime: TBA

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March 3, 2019

Vinnie Sperrazza's Pilot House

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Angelica Sanchez, piano

Vinnie Sperrazza, drums

The Owl

497 Rogers Avenue

Brooklyn, NY

Showtime: 8:00 PM

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March 8 & 9, 2019

KRANNERT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)

Music by Ethan Iverson

Tryon Festival Theatre

Urbana, Ill

Showtime: 7:30 PM

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March 16, 2019

Francisco Mora Catlett & Afro Horn

The Zinc Bar

New York, NY

Showtime: 8:00 PM

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April 11. 2019

Francisco Mora Catlett & Afro Horn

The Zinc Bar

New York, NY

Showtime: 8:00 PM

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May 8 -11, 2019

DANCE CONSORTIUM

Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)

Music by Ethan Iverson

Brooklyn, NY



May 24, 2019

HARLEM JAZZ SERIES

Sam Newsome Quartet

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

 Angelica Sanchez, piano

Hill Greene, bass

Reggie Nicholson, drums

Greater Calvary Baptist Church

55 W. 124th Street

New York, NY

Showtime: 7:00 PM

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June 3, 2019

Bushwick Improvised Music Series

Newsome, Morris & Lee

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Joe Morris, guitar

Charmaine Lee, voice

Bushwick Public House

1288 Myrtle Ave.

Brooklyn, NY

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June 9, 2019

Red Community Garden

Charlie Waters & HornOcopia, 4:00 PM

266 Skillman Ave.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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June 14 -15, 2019

Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)

Music by Ethan Iverson

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Costa Mesa, CA



June 19 -20, 2019

Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)

Music by Ethan Iverson

Durham Performing Arts Center

Durham, NC


June 21 - 22, 2019

Sixth Annual Something Else! Festival

Sam Newsome, soprano saxophone (solo)

Hamilton, Ontario

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June 27, 2019

55 Bar

Fay Victor & On the Quiet Side

55 Christopher Street

New York, NY

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June 28, 2019

Sam Newsome (solo saxophone)

Normals Books and Records

425 E. 31st

Baltimore, MD



June 29, 2019

Sam Newsome (solo saxophone)

6950 Maple Street

NW, Washington, DC 



July 27, 2019

Darius Jones and Shades of Black

Darius Jones, alto sax

Sam Newsome, soprano sax

Cooper Moore, organ

Michael Wimberly, percussion

Atlas Studios

11 Spring Street

Newburgh, NY



October 25, 2019
SoundNoiseFunk
Fay Victor, voice
Sam Newsome, soprano sax
Joe Morris, guitar
Reggie Nicholson, drums
45 Crown Street
New Haven, CONN


November 13 - 16, 2019

Pepperland (Mark Morris Dance Group)

Music by Ethan Iverson

Eisenhower Theater

Washington, DC


LATEST NEWS!

2019 - The  Harlem Jazz Series


On Friday, May 24 at 7:00 PM, I'll be at the Greater Calvary Baptist Church (located at 55 W. 124th Street, Harlem) with the Sam Newsome Quartet, featuring Angelica Sanchez, piano; Hilliard Greene, bass, and Reggie Nicholson.

2019 - The  Jazz Session Podcast

w/Jason Crane


Please check out my interview with Jason Crane on his The Jazz Session Podcast. I'll be discussing my new CD, Chaos Theory, and lots more!

2019 -Pepperland (Music of the Beatles)


From May 8 - 11, 2019, I'll be at BAM with the Mark Morris Dance Group. We'll be performing a new re-working of the Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band recording. Music by Ethan Iverson.

2019 - NEW CD!

On January 3, 2019, my new solo saxophone CD, Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Sxophone will be released. This will be my first recording showcasing the soprano saxophone with my tube extensions.

2019 - New Release on Iluso Records


Now available on Iluso Records, Live at Singularity Music Series. This CD is a live recording featuring me on soprano saxophone, Alvaro Domene on guitar, and Mike Caratti on drums.

2019 - The 11th Annual International Critics Poll


UNDÉCIMA ENCUESTA ANUAL A PERIODISTAS INTERNACIONALES

(11th  Annual International Critics Poll) 

 

The Soprano Saxophone Category

 

1.Evan Parker 

 

2.Roscoe Mitchell

 

3. Sam Newsome

 

4. Wayne Shorter 

 

5. Ingrid Laubrock 

 

6. John Butcher

2019 - Something Esle! Festival

From June 21 -23, 2019, I'll be performing at the 6th Annual Something Esle! Festival in Hamilton, Ontario. I'll be performing solo as well as in some larger ensemble configurations. Stay tuned!

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


 Many of the notes and sounds that comprise his compositions and improvisations are derived from his own personal sound palette of extended techniques: multi-phonics, flutter tonguing, percussive slap tonguing, soprano saxophone specific micro-tones, air sounds, key clicks, air hisses, acoustic sound manipulation, Tartini tones, and various forms of oral cavity manipulation. Newsome sees himself more along the lines of a visual artist who paints with notes and sounds rather than shapes and colors. “My music, “ says Newsome, “is a type of improvisatory art music in which jazz functions more as a resource than a musical genre to be interpreted with stylistic specificity.


Even though Newsome’s approach is unorthodox, it has proven very fruitful—musically and critically.


Below are a few of his accolades:


2018 - Received the New Music USA Grant

2018 – Received The Alpert/Ragdale Prize in Music Composition

2018 - Nominee for Soprano Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association

2017 – Nominated for the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts

2016 - Received the NYFA Artist’s Fellowship for the Music/Sound category 2016 - Nominee for Soprano Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association

2014 – Voted Soprano Saxophonist of the Year by the Seventh Annual International Critics Poll


Newsome has also released six critically acclaimed solo saxophone CDs including 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); and The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1 (2012). Jazz writer Ed Enright, from Downbeat Magazine, wrote that Mr. Newsome’s The Straight Horn of Africa cd was “a modern masterpiece.”


As a performer, Newsome often performs solo saxophone concerts around New York and across the country as well as leading his own trio with bassist Hilliard Greene and drummer Reggie Nicholson. Newsome is also a frequent collaborator with drummer Andrew Cyrille, vocalist Fay Victor, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, saxophonist David Liebman, and pianist Ethan Iverson.


Lastly, Newsome is an associate professor of music at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, where he is the music program coordinator, and teaches courses in jazz improvisation, music theory, and directs the University’s jazz ensemble.



                 INTERVIEW ON NEON JAZZ WITH JOE DIMINO

Life Lessons from the Horn

Life Lessons from the Horn is my first book. It's a series of essays that all pertain to music from a technical and philosophical perspective. I first put this together with the idea creating something that musicians and artists alike would find inspirational. I've always been a firm believer that the gifts of inspiration and hope are two of the most valuable things you can give to an artist. 


But do check it out. I think you'll that it's worth the read.



"I wish I had this book when I was much younger, as I'd probably be further along in my studies by now!" - Ethan Iverson

The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation - An Amazon Kindle Essay

A compelling personal essay about jazz, creativity, and the creation of the CD, The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation.




Customer Review:


"An informative and provocative essay. Gives insight into Mr. Newsome's creative process and the issues, challenges, and questions that fuelled it.

I found it to be very inspiring..."



RECENT CDS

An innovative take on jazz standards that successfully combines improvised music, free jazz, and elements European classical.




"This music is exquisite..."

Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

The 22 tracks on this solo soprano saxophone tour de force, showcases the true sonic versatility of this under-utilized instrument. Steve Lacy said that the "potential for the saxophone is unlimited." This album proves his point many times over.



"A cult classic, for the soprano cult."

- Otto Kokke, The Burning Ambulance



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