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Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares – Sam Newsome

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares – Sam Newsome

Thursday December 19, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents a solo soprano saxophone concert featuring Sam Newsome.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at or at the door.

About Sam Newsome

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 his 2009 recording, Blue Soliloquy: Solo Works for Soprano Saxophone, which 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 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.

“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 2018 Newsome received the New Music USA Grant and The Alpert/Ragdale Prize in Music Composition.

Newsome has 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). 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, and is also a frequent collaborator with drummer Andrew Cyrille, vocalist Fay Victor, saxophonist David Liebman, and pianists Ethan Iverson and Jean-Michel Pilc.

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


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