"Newbould's alto playing bursts from the ensemble shining like a beacon in the darkness" - Bebop Spoken Here, UK
Born and raised in the Northern English countryside, Sam Newbould is a saxophonist, composer and bandleader based in Amsterdam. He is best known for his award winning group the 'Sam Newbould Quintet'.
His quintet's critically acclaimed debut album Blencathra (2019) was hailed by Windout magazine as “A musical mosaic of futurist ideas and indie-jazz harmonies...a sound bridge between past and present”. Following this, Sam won the prestigious Keep an Eye Records Award which commissioned his second album, Bogus Notus. Released March 2021, Bogus Notus has been described by Bebop Spoken Here (UK) as "a deep and dark rather profound album reminiscent of some of Charles Mingus' work. Rich, often discordant, harmonies combine to make this compulsive listening".
With an expressive and lyrical sound, Sam has placed himself strongly in the Dutch jazz scene. He has shared the stage with major international artists including Jasper Blom, Ben van Gelder, Dick Oatts and Bob Mintzer.
Sam was born in the North of England in 1990. He took an early interest in the drums and percussion, joining his local concert band at the age of 8, before transitioning to saxophone when he reached High School.
In 2008 Sam began studying Philosophy at Durham University, playing in the award-winning Durham University Big Band. After graduating from Durham, he moved to Berlin in 2014 for a year of contract study at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler". In 2016 he moved to the Netherlands and began his studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he graduated in 2019.
Since arriving in the Netherlands, Sam has played major international venues including the Bimhuis, LantarenVenster and the Vortex. He has also featured at festivals including Amsterdam jazz festival, Amersfoort jazz festival and A Love Supreme.