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Ambrose Akinmusire

To the jazz world, Ambrose Akinmusire’s ascension from young Oakland-born trumpeter at Berkeley High School to one of the most important voices in jazz seemed shockingly brief. In truth, the 34-year-old’s trajectory has been a linear progression, starting in earnest with a touring opportunity from influential saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman while still in high school, and built on a foundation of study at the Manhattan School of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USC with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard. After decamping to New York, Akinmusire built his résumé as a sideman with the likes of Vijay Iyer and Aaron Parks, and in 2007, won both the prestigious Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and the star-making Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition before releasing his debut as a leader, Prelude… to Cora. Since then, the trumpeter has been a whirlwind of activity, releasing his critically lauded 2011 Blue Note debut When the Heart Emerges Glistening and 2014’s follow-up The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint, and contributing to albums by Esperanza Spalding, Roy Hargrove, and Jack DeJohnette. Most recently, Akinmusire appeared on rapper Kendrick Lamar’s wildly innovative To Pimp a Butterfly, and been named one of the inaugural recipients of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Impact Awards. He returns with his telepathic quartet including pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Justin Brown.

Artist Personnel

Ambrose Akinmusire trumpet
Sam Harris piano
Harish Raghavan bass
Justin Brown drums

Artist Website

"Believe the hype for once…Akinmusire’s hypermodern yet shapely themes are not so much performed as lived and breathed by a brilliant young group. " — Evening Standard
"…a fiercely gifted young trumpeter. " — The New York Times

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