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Sam Newsome

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

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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    The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1

    Self Produced
    2012
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    Blue Soliloquy

    Self Produced
    2010
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    The Romanian-American Jazz Suite

    Jazzaway
    2008
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    This Masquerade

    SteepleChase Records
    2002
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    Global Unity

    Palmetto Records
    2001
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    The Tender Side of Sammy Straighthorn

    SteepleChase Records
    2000
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    Sam Newsome & Global Unity

    FMP
    1999
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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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