Nancy Newmann, contrabass flute
Nancy Newman, originally from Montreal Canada, is a multi-woodwind artist specializing on the low woodwinds. She graduated with Distinction in Saxophone from McGill University, studying with Gerald Danovitch. For over twenty years she was actively involved in the fields of performance and music education, recording and touring internationally, including 19 years as the Baritone Saxophonist in Canada’s critically acclaimed Gerald Danovitch Saxophone Quartet (GDSQ). Nancy’s freelance activities included international performances with numerous jazz and contemporary ensembles. In Montreal, she performed in concert halls with such artists as Paquito D’Rivera, Johnny Mathis, Bobby McFerrin, Slide Hampton, and Randy Brecker among others, as well as classical Baritone Saxophone with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Nancy graduated with her Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California, followed by studies on the bassoon. She continues to freelance as a woodwind doubler, performing and recording with Clare Fischer (Grammy
Nominated “Continuum” 2011), John Daversa’s Big Band (“Junk Wagon”) , Ed Shaugnessy, Shelly Berg, Jamie Davis, Kurt Elling, the TV show “Family Guy”, the Urban Renewal Project and others. In addition she has appeared in concert with artists such as Nancy Wilson, Patti Austin, Randy Newman, Louis Bellson, Dave Brubeck, Wayne Shorter, Keith Emerson and Seth MacFarlane. Nancy continues to perform regularly in numerous local jazz bands, musicals, and orchestras, and has performed in Jazz Festivals in Los Angeles, Hawaii and Peru, with Buddy Childers, Lennie Niehaus, Stan Kenton Alumni, and Maria Schneider. In the classical world, she performed Mark Watters’ “Rhapsody for Baritone Saxophone” with orchestra in May 2013. The latest projects include John Daversa’s new big band CD, Kaleidoscope Eyes; The Music of the Beatles -bass saxophone- which will be released this year, and performances with numerous flute ensembles including the Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band; Song of the Angles Flute Orchestra, and David Shostac’s Flute Orchestra, on contrabass flute, her latest contribution to her low woodwind family.