Sam Newsome

Sam Newsome

Instrument: Saxophone, soprano | Location: New York City

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

Updated: May 29, 2020

Born: April 28, 1965

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.

Soon after graduation, Sam received news from pianist Donald Brown (who was also one of his instructors at Berklee) that trumpeter Donald Byrd was looking for a young tenor player to join his band. So that summer, along with Donald Brown, bassist Ron McWhorter, and drummer Billy Kilson, Sam toured with Byrd's quintet, playing major clubs and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.

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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

Kenny Garrett Kenny Garrett
saxophone, alto
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
saxophone
Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman
saxophone, alto
David Binney David Binney
saxophone
Albert Ayler Albert Ayler
saxophone, tenor
Don Cherry Don Cherry
trumpet
Seamus Blake Seamus Blake
saxophone, tenor
Lucky Thompson Lucky Thompson
saxophone
Steve Lacy Steve Lacy
saxophone, soprano
Pharoah Sanders Pharoah Sanders
saxophone, tenor
Peggy Lee Peggy Lee
voice / vocals

Artists who share similar musical characteristics to Sam Newsome.

Sidney Bechet Sidney Bechet
saxophone, soprano
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
saxophone
John Coltrane John Coltrane
saxophone
Steve Lacy Steve Lacy
saxophone, soprano
Roscoe Mitchell Roscoe Mitchell
woodwinds
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto

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In a Mellow Tone

In a Mellow Tone

Sam Newsome
The Art of the Soprano, Vol 1

A Love Supreme (Acknowledgement)

A Love Supreme (Acknowledgement)

Sam Newsome
The Art of the Soprano, Vol 1

Boo Boo's Birthday

Boo Boo's Birthday

Sam Newsome
Monk Abstractions

Sam Newsome Tour

Past Concerts

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Oct18Sun
Beyond Flute Group Online
Zoom, Online!
Anywhere, NY
Dec20Sun
Beyond Flute Group Online
Zoom, Online!
Anywhere, NY