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Sam Newsome

Samuel Augustus Newsome was born on April 28,1965 in Salibury, MD. He is the youngest of three boys. He began playing music at 12 years old when his family relocated to Hampton, VA. By the time he was 15 years old he began playing professionally around town with local R & B bands along with his high school classmate bassist James Genus. It was during high school that he became serious about studying jazz and began taking lessons after school with saxophonist Steve Wilson. It was Steve who introduced him to recordings of jazz legends such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Sonny Rollins.

In 1983, after graduating high school, Sam received the Kool Jazz Festival scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. where he studied saxophone with Billy Pierce, Andy McGhee and George Garzone; and composition with Hal Crook, Fred Lipsius, and Herb Pomeroy. It was there that he also began long time relationships with fellow classmates Danilo Perez, Javon Jackson, Cyrus Chestnut, Mark Whitfield, Antonio Hart, Mark Turner, and many others.

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”Sam Newsome’s Monk Abstractions is a jazz album that showcases one artist’s superb skill on the soprano sax.” --Sari N. Kent, The CelebrityCafe.com

“If you enjoy the sounds of the soprano sax pushed to new limits, this is the CD for you!” --Xavier P., RadioIndy.com

“Newsome expands the sound of a single soprano saxophone into a one man band.” --Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

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Albums

The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation
The Straight Horn of...
Self Produced
2015
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The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation
The Straight Horn of...
Self Produced
2014
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The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1
The Art of the...
Self Produced
2012
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Blue Soliloquy
Blue Soliloquy
Self Produced
2010
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The Romanian-American Jazz Suite
The Romanian-American...
Jazzaway
2008
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This Masquerade
This Masquerade
SteepleChase Records
2002
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