Set 3 Piece 2 – Sam Newsome & The TIO

Soprano Saxophonist Sam Newsome will be the featured artist with the TIO for an evening concert. He will perform solo, duo with TIO member Kayla Milmine, as well as with the full group.

Musicians performing this evening will be as follows:

Sam Newsome (soprano sax)
Karen Ng (sax)
Rod Campbell (trumpet)
Bill McBurnie (flute)
Laura Swankey (vocals)
Kiva Simova (vocals)
Brian Abbott (guitar)
Ryan Kinney (guitar)
Michael Lynn (bass)
Rob Clutton (bass)
Arnd Jurgensen (saz)
Hooley McLaughlin (banjo)
Bill Gilliam (piano)
Matt Ozzy (percussion, guitar)
Fern Lindzon (melodica)
Ambrose Pottie (percussion)
Raphael Roter (percussion)
David Story (percussion)
James Bailey (found objects)

Conducted by Kayla Milmine

Mr. Newsome works primarily in the medium of solo saxophone, an approach through 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. Mr. 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 to be very fruitful—musically and critically.

. Newsome’s creative efforts have earned him such recognition as:
• His 2017 release Sopranoville received five stars in Downbeat magazine;
• 2016 NYFA Artist’s Fellowship for the Music/Sound category;
• being selected as a nominee for Soprano Saxophonist of the Year by the 2016 Jazz Journalist Association (JJA);
• placing #4 in the Soprano Saxophone category in the 64th Annual Downbeat Critics Poll.

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.

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