Sam Newbould

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Saxophone

Location: North East


Sam Newbould has emerged as a bright young voice in contemporary jazz. Sam leads his own project, the Sam Newbould Quintet, for which he composes his own music. The band reached the semi finals of the prestigious 2019 Keep an Eye competition and, since then, has gone on to play major festivals including the Goois jazz festival, Luna jazz festival and Amersfoort jazz festival. Sam recorded his debut EP ‘Blencathra’ with his quintet in May.
A busy sideman, Sam regularly features in highly regarded big bands including the Henk Meutgeert/Peter Beets New Jazz Orchestra and BvR flamenco big band. With the latter, Sam recently completed a critically acclaimed Holland tour alongside flamenco legends Antonio Serrano and Carles Benavent.
Beginning his jazz education at the age of 15, Sam developed an early interest in the saxophone. At school he was awarded county music colours, and with that, funding in order to pursue lessons at Leeds College of Music. In 2006, Sam was awarded the ‘outstanding soloist’ prize at the Great Northern big band competition. Building from this, in 2010 he accepted a place to study at the Jazz Institute Berlin working alongside international artists Kurt Rosenwinkel, Peter Weniger and Greg Cohen. Here, Sam developed a social media following through a series of short compositions he posted online. Following a move to Amsterdam, Sam then began his undergraduate study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Working alongside Dutch legend Ferdinand Povel as well as Ben van Gelder, Simon Rigter and Jasper Blom, Sam developed both as a performer and composer intent on finding his unique voice. He graduated from the CvA in May 2019 with a ‘captivating concert distinguished by its imaginative writing’.
Besides performing and composing, Sam also authors the critically acclaimed ‘DUSTBIN BLOWS’ blog site, which aims to create discussion about how live jazz is presented today.