Sam Newsome

Sam Newsome
"The potential for the saxophone is unlimited." - Steve Lacy

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Arts for Art "Justice is Compassion / Action is Power" Festival: Dec. 7 – Jan. 12

PERFORMANCE: 80 sets of music, dance, and poetry + visual art exhibit over 6 weeks
ART INSTALLATION: Jackson Krall & Tine Kindermann

WHEN: Monday – Saturday, December 7 – January 12, 7pm / 8pm / 9pm

Arts for Art is proud to announce the return of our winter Evolving free jazz series. The Evolving series focuses on the work of younger, forward-thinking artists exploring a range of contemporary creative possibilities through music, dance, and poetry.

Thursday 12/07
7pm: Art Opening
8pm: Taylor Ho Bynum / Kris Davis
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet / Kris Davis – piano
9pm: Victor / Vatcher / Stewart
Fay Victor – voice / Luke Stewart – bass / Michael Vatcher – drums

Friday 12/08
7pm: Kirk Knuffke Trio
Kirk Knuffke – cornet / Bill Goodwin – drums / Stomu Takeishi – bass guitar
8pm: Common Sense Gun Legislation
Steve Swell – trombone / William Parker – bass / TA Thompson – drums
9pm: Daniel Levin / Joe Morris
Daniel Levin – cello / Joe Morris – guitar

Saturday 12/09
7pm: Sean Conly Trio
Sean Conly – bass / Darius Jones – alto sax / Mike Pride – drums
8pm: Joe Morris / Mark Feldman
Joe Morris – guitar / Mark Feldman – violin
9pm: Rob Brown / JP Carletti
Rob Brown – alto sax / Juan Pablo Carletti – drums

Monday 12/11
7pm: Marty Ehrlich Trio Exaltation
Marty Ehrlich – reeds / John Hebert – bass / Nasheet Waits – drums
8pm: Richard Keene Group
Richard Keene – reeds / Charles Downs – drums / Leonid Galaganov – percussion / Larry Roland – bass / Billy Stein – guitar
9pm: Sam Newsome Trio
Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Hilliard Greene – bass / Reggie Nicholson – drums

Tuesday 12/12
7pm: crosscut metagroovia
patrick brennan – alto sax / Hill Greene – bass / TA Thompson – drums
8pm: Leila Bordreuil / Charmaine Lee
Leila Bordreuil – cello / Charmaine Lee – voice
9pm: Jon Irabagon / Dan Weiss
Jon Irabagon – sax / Dan Weiss – drums

Wednesday 12/13
7pm: Angelica Sanchez Trio
Angelica Sanchez – piano / Michael Formanek – bass / Kenny Wollesen – drums
8pm: Andrew Drury’s ContenTrio
Andrew Drury – drums / Briggan Krauss – alto sax / Brandon Seabrook – guitar
9pm: Jaimie Branch Trio
Jaimie Branch – trumpet / Luke Stewart – bass / Mike Pride – drums

Thursday 12/14
7pm: Steve Dalachinsky / Billy Cancel / Jane Omerod – poetry
8pm: Human Rites Trio
Jason Kao Hwang – violin / Andrew Drury – drums / Ken Filiano – bass
9pm: Yoni Kretzmer 5
Yoni Kretzmer – sax / Steve Swell – trombone / Thomas Heberer – trumpet / Max Johnson – bass / Thomas Fujiwara – drums

Friday 12/15
7pm: Singchronicities
Goussy Celestin – dance, music
8pm: Rosenbloom / Grimes / Conly
Mara Rosenbloom – piano / Henry Grimes – bass / Sean Conly – bass
9pm: Darius Jones Trio
Darius Jones – sax / Charlie Looker – guitar / Michael Vatcher – drums

Saturday 12/16
7pm: AfroHorn Super Special
Francisco Mora Catlett – drums / Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet / Bob Stewart – tuba / Aruan Ortiz – piano / Rashaan Carter – bass / Roman Diaz – percussion / Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Alex Harding – baritone sax
8pm: Newman Taylor Washboard XT
Newman Taylor Baker – washboard
9pm: Cooper-Moore / Brian Price
Cooper-Moore – instruments / Brian Price – reeds

Monday 12/18 – honoring Connie Crothers
7pm: Andrea Wolper Trio
Andrea Wolper – voice / Patricia Nicholson – dance / TA Thompson – drums
8pm: Double Duo
Jay Clayton – voice / Ken Filiano – bass
9pm: Carol Liebowitz Trio
Carol Liebowitz – piano, voice / Adam Lane – bass / Andrew Drury – drums

Tuesday 12/19 – honoring Connie Crothers
7pm: Virg Dzurinko / Ryan Messina
Virg Dzurinko – piano / Ryan Messina – trumpet
8pm: Tidepool Fauna 4
Kyoko Kitamura – voice / Ingrid Laubrock – sax / Ken Filiano – bass / Da Yeon Seok – Korean drum
9pm: Nick Lyons Trio
Nick Lyons – alto sax / Roger Mancuso – drums / Adam Lane – bass

Wednesday 12/20
7pm: Miriam Parker – dance / Rob Brown – alto sax
7:30: Christine Bonansea – dance
8pm: Vincent Chancey Trio
Vincent Chancey – french horn, panderia / Joe Fonda – bass / Jeremy Carlstedt – drums
9pm: Bob Stewart / Curtis Stewart
Bob Stewart – tuba / Curtis Stewart – violin

Thursday 12/21
7pm: Gyname
Michael Wimberly – drums / Nioka Workman – cello
8pm: Music for a Free World Trio
Dave Sewelson – bari sax / William Parker – bass / Marvin Bugalu Smith – drums
9pm: WISQtet
Warren Smith – percussion / Andrew Lamb – reeds / Larry Roland – bass / Jose Abreu – percussion

Friday 12/22
7pm: Lisa Sokolov
Lisa Sokolov – voice, piano
8pm: Andrew Lamb Quintet
Andrew Lamb – reeds / Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet / William Parker – bass / Newman Taylor Baker – drums / Michael Wimberly – percussion
9pm: Secret Music Society
Jackson Krall – drums / Mark Hennen – piano / Larry Roland – bass / Elliott Levin – reeds / JD Parran – woodwinds / Juan Quinones – guitar

Thursday 12/28
7pm: Ned Rothenberg
8pm: Bisio / Fefer / Dalachinsky
Michael Bisio – bass / Avram Fefer – reeds / Steve Dalachinsky – poetry
9pm: Clarinet Madness
Jay Rosen – drums / Perry Robinson – clarinet / Michael Marcus – clarinet

Friday 12/29
8pm: Foster / Lopez / Weston
Michael Foster – sax / Brandon Lopez – bass / Matt Weston – percussion, electronics
7pm: Jochem Van Dijk Quartet
Jochem van Dijk – bass guitar / Dave Gould – drums / Evan Gallagher – piano / Sana Nagano – violin
9pm: Sarah Bernstein Quartet
Sarah Bernstein – violin / Ron Stabinsky – piano / Stuart Popejoy – bass / Satoshi Takeishi – drums

Saturday 12/30
7pm: Jeff Lederer / Kirk Knuffke
Jeff Lederer – clarinet / Kirk Knuffke – cornet
8pm: Jemeel Moondoc
9pm: Karen Borca Quartet
Karen Borca – bassoon / Hill Greene – bass / Warren Smith – vibes / Jackson Krall – drums

Tuesday 01/02 – honoring Amiri Baraka
7pm: Amina Baraka & the Red Microphone
Amina Baraka – poetry / John Pietaro – drums / Ras Moshe – reeds / Rocco John Lacovone – reeds / Laurie Towers – bass guitar
8pm: Melanie Dyer’s Baraka Project
Melanie Dyer – viola / Gwen Laster – violin / Patricia Nicholson – dance
9pm: Joe McPhee Trio
Joe McPhee – reeds / Billy Stein – guitar / Charles Downs – drums

Wednesday 01/03 – honoring Amiri Baraka
7pm: Raymond Nat Turner / Larry Roland – poetry
8pm: Hooker / Parker Duo
William Hooker – drums / William Parker – bass
9pm: Heroes are Gang Leaders Abridged
Thomas Sayers Ellis – voice / Randall Horton – voice / Luke Stewart – bass / Warren Crudup III – drums / James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax

Thursday 01/04
7pm: Ensemble Fanaa
Dan Kurfirst – percussion / Daro Behroozi – reeds / John Murchison – bass, gimbri
8pm: Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri
Whit Dickey – drums / Mat Maneri – violin
9pm: Wooley / Lopez / Foster / Bennett
Nate Wooley – trumpet / Brandon Lopez – bass / Michael Foster – reeds / Ben Bennett – percussion

Friday 01/05
7pm: LIP
K.J. Holmes – dance / Jeremy Carlstedt – drums
7:30pm: David Henderson – poetry
8pm: Jeremy Carlstedt Quartet
Jeremy Carlstedt – drums / Brian Settles – sax / Anders Nilsson – guitar / Sean Conly – bass
9pm: Tablopan
Juanma Trujillo – guitar / Hery Paz – tenor sax / Andrew Schiller – bass /
Robin Baytas & Daniel Prim – percussion

Saturday 01/06
7pm: Ronnie Burrage / Greg Lewis
Ronnie Burrage – drums / Greg Lewis – Hammond B3
8pm: Deep Ecology Trio +
JD Parron – winds / Cristian Amigo – guitar / Andrew Drury – perc / Jackson Krall – perc
9pm: Weasel Walter Quintet
Weasel Walter – drums / Michael Foster – sax / Leila Bordreuil – cello / Brandon Lopez – bass / Jaimie Branch – trumpet

Monday 01/08
7pm: Yoshiko Chuma – dance / Megumi Eda – dance / Jason Kao Hwang – violin
7:30pm: Nicole Peyrafitte – poetry
8pm: JP Carletti Xul Trio
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums / Jon Irabagon – reeds / William Parker – bass
9pm: Jeb Bishop Quartet
Jeb Bishop – trombone / Yoni Kretzmer – sax / Damon Smith – bass / Tom Rainey – drums

Tuesday 01/09
7pm: Devin Brahja Waldman
Devin Waldman – sax / Hilliard Greene – bass / Reggie Sylvester – drums
8pm: James Brandon Lewis / Aruan Ortiz
James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax / Aruan Ortiz – piano
9pm: Amirtha Kidambi / Sam Newsome
Amirtha Kidambi – voice / Sam Newsome – soprano sax

Wednesday 01/10
7pm: Daro Behroozi Quintet
Daro Behroozi – reeds / Alexis Marcelo – piano / Daniel Carter – reeds / Dan Kurfirst – percussion / Leonid Galaganov – percussion
8pm: Sana Nagano Quartet
Sana Nagano – violin / Ken Filiano – bass / Peter Apfelbaum – reeds / Max Jaffe – drums
9pm: Songs for a Free World
William Parker – bass / Rob Brown – alto sax / Jason Kao Hwang – violin / Melanie Dyer – viola / Fay Victor – voice / Gerald Cleaver – drums

Thursday 01/11
7pm: On Ka’a Davis Trio
On Ka’a Davis – guitar / Juini Booth – bass / Lamy Istrefi Jr. – drums
8pm: Nasheet Waits
9pm: Gerald Cleaver Quartet
Gerald Cleaver – drums / Chris Potter – sax / David Virelles – piano / Trevor Dunn – bass

Friday 01/12
7pm: The Mess
Brandon Lopez – bass / Sam Yulsman – piano / Chris Corsano – drums
8pm: Mixashawn / Joseph Palmer
Mixashawn – sax / Joseph Herrington Palmer – drums
9pm: Revolution Resurrection

Patricia Nicholson – dance / Jason Jordan – dance / Jason Kao Hwang – violin / TA Thompson – drums / Bill Mazza – live art

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Seven (7) Reasons to Support Downbeat Magazine (And Other Publications Like Them)

I wish I had a dollar for every time a musician said to me "Man, I can never read Downbeat. It's too depressing." 

I totally get it.

The late bassist Dwayne Burno often referred to Downbeat as "Beat Down" and Jazz Times as "No Time." 

Again, I felt his frustration.

Flipping through an issue of one of these magazines, seeing dozens of musicians being featured and not you, is very depressing. We've all stumbled across that cover story on some young upstart still figuring out who they are and thought to ourselves "Wait! What? You can't be serious!"

 But I'm here to tell you that even though seeing others getting picked over you can be discouraging and downright angering, you still must support these magazines. Because like it or not, they are here to stay. And they play a vital role in promoting the music. 

So here are seven reasons to actually give these magazines a chance. Hear me out!

1. They are an excellent resource for club and festival listings. 
Putting aside the issues where they purposely list jazz clubs and festivals featuring jazz on a regular basis, you can also get a sense of who's playing and where just from the stories they cover about musicians and various events. This is helpful when you're looking to book yourself or perhaps another band, or maybe just looking for someone to go hear. And their info tends to be current.

2. You learn which record labels are signing musicians.
I know it's difficult seeing a full-page ad by a label featuring a roster of musicians you've never heard of. But you're looking at it from the wrong perspective. The thing to focus on is that now you have a sense of which record labels are signing artists and the kind music and players that they are interested in. These companies are always interested in new and exciting music. Maybe even yours.

3. They showcase up-and-coming players. There's always room in these magazines for an up-and-coming player feature. Apparently, this is great for those new on the scene, but even for us mid-career folks, it keeps us informed about who's doing what. The person being featured might be perfect for our music, or they might be someone we can learn from. And if we want future torch bearers, we must make way for them to be heard. 

4. An excellent resource for critical and descriptive writing about jazz. 
As 21st century musicians, knowing how to write about our music is paramount, whether we're blogging, applying for grants, or writing our own liner notes. These magazines are an excellent resource for learning how to put what we do into words. Mind you, they don't always get it correct with regards to whose doing noteworthy things and who is not; however, I think the writers are pretty good. Personally, I'm always lifting something from a review or article that I then apply to my own writing. And let me be clear, you certainly have clueless ones out there, spreading their misguided points of view. But I don't think they're as commonplace as many says--especially with print publications. Their articles go through more of a screening process than blogs and online magazines. So they're not going to be filled with a bunch of typos and misinformation.

5. A useful jazz education resource.
Many of these magazines have a strong educational component. I've seen numerous articles about improvising, the music business, and informative interviews with musicians revealing exciting aspects of their life and music I never knew. Being someone who creates and dispenses knowledge for living, this turns out to be an invaluable resource for me. I'm always getting some fresh ideas from one of their articles.

6. An excellent resource for finding out the latest trends in jazz, nationally and internationally
As discouraging as critics and readers polls can be, it's always useful to know who's getting people excited, and more importantly, why. Also, it's great that we can pick up one of these magazines and find out what's going on in disparate parts of the world from Nigeria to Australia. This kind of coverage helps to unify the jazz community globally.

7. A great way to make your music available to an international audience
These magazines are great for getting the word out about you and your music throughout the United States and abroad. Being someone who self-publishes, I've noticed that appearing in Downbeat and The New York Times generates a noticeable bump in sales and general interest in my music. Receiving acknowledgment in these publications has more impact than we think. It won't translate into an immediate three-week European tour, but it will help you create a following, little by little. Which is how it should be done.

So, as you can see, if you put your initial reaction aside, these publications serve a much higher purpose than toilet paper substitutes.

And please don't think that I'm saying that they are without fault. 

Do they cater more to artists with label support and endorsements? Absolutely. These companies provide lots of the advertising revenue that magazines need to stay afloat. The person who gives a $50.00 donation to an organization is going to get a thank you note; while the person who gave five million is getting a building named after them. That's just the nature of the business. 

But as I said throughout, I would not be so quick to dismiss "Beat Down" and "No Time" as an unfortunate waste of trees. Try flipping through them with an open mind. You might be amazed at how useful they can actually be. And maybe even less depressing. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

82nd Annual Downbeat Readers Poll

It was nice to see that I appeared twice in the December 2017 issue of Downbeat: the 82 Annual Readers Poll in the Soprano Saxophone category,  and a nice 4-star review by Howard Mandel.

Good times! In the meantime I'm working the music for a new CD, to be tentatively titled Improvised Music for Prepared Saxophone. This is going to be the craziest one yet!





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