Ambrose Akinmusire: "Porter"
Ambrose Akinmusire
Saluting Bay Area Jazz Greats

Ambrose Akinmusire: Porter

w/ 30-PIECE orchestra & special guests

MAR 3-6 | SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Ambrose Akinmusire

Mar 03 - Mar 04, 2022
Miner Auditorium
ThuMar 3

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7:30 PM

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FriMar 4
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Twenty years into his professional career, Oakland-reared trumpet star Ambrose Akinmusire pays tribute to the heroes of his youth — the legendary Bay Area musicians who mentored and shaped him. “Porter” — named for the late Robert Porter, his first jazz trumpet teacher — is an ambitious new work for 30-piece orchestra and a special quartet that Akinmusire has assembled for this very personal tribute to his most formative influences. As a youth, he was taken under the wing of “Mr. Porter,” as he calls him, along with jazz innovators like drummer Donald Bailey, saxophonists Sonny Simmons and Bishop Norman Williams, trumpeter Khalil Shaheed, bassist Herbie Lewis, and pianist Ed Kelly. They became father figures, friends, and musical guides to Akinmusire, who learned the ropes while playing with them. He has since come under the wing of international jazz figures like Wayne Shorter and Jack DeJohnette. But Akinmusire sets his departed Bay Area mentors on equal footing. With “Porter,” he seeks to “activate” them, he says, so that their genius flows anew – straight through his young quartet and out into the SFJAZZ audience.

 

 

The most distinctive trumpeter of our era, Oakland-reared Akinmusire plays with a dark-hued and gleaming tone. He merges straight ahead jazz with rappers and string quartets, “throwing out all the cliches to arrive at a fresh conception” (San Jose Mercury News). A Blue Note recording artist, Akinmusire pushes fearlessly forward – and is sought out by such legends as Jack DeJohnette and Kendrick Lamar.

ABOUT AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE

Oakland-reared trumpet star Ambrose Akinmusire pays tribute to the heroes of his youth — the legendary Bay Area musicians who mentored and shaped him.

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