Ambrose Akinmusire & Special Guests
Ambrose Akinmusire
New Ensemble Project

Ambrose Akinmusire

w/ bill frisell & herlin riley

MAR 3-6 | SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Ambrose Akinmusire

Mar 05 - Mar 06, 2022
Miner Auditorium
SatMar 5
7:30 PM

$30 | $50 | $70 | $90

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SunMar 6
7:00 PM

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It’s never a random act when trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire puts together a band. His new all-star ensemble includes downtown guitar pioneer Bill Frisell and the grooving New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley, who typically move in different circles. But Akinmusire could care less about that. He creates his own circles of sound. That’s what he is about: always reaching for some new horizon, building an organic vision that can draw on straight-ahead jazz, the avant-garde, classical chamber music, or hip-hop. Over the years, Akinmusire’s collaborators have ranged from rapper Kendrick Lamar (he is featured on To Pimp a Butterfly) to San Francisco Symphony violinist Helen Kim (for whom he recently composed a solo work). His broad expressive palette will be showcased tonight as he paints new musical pictures with his genre-defying ensemble. Expect beauty and many surprises: The sound of his trumpet is “elusive… ruby-red and urgent,” says The New York Times. “More than almost any other contemporary improviser, Mr. Akinmusire has invented a way of composing that’s unfixed from jazz’s stickiest conventions.”

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

The trumpeter’s new all-star ensemble includes downtown guitar pioneer Bill Frisell and the grooving New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley, with other guests to be named soon!

For a jazz trumpet player, you couldn't be more on top of the world than Ambrose Akinmusire.

NPR

For a jazz trumpet player, you couldn't be more on top of the world than Ambrose Akinmusire.

NPR

Personnel

Ambrose Akinmusire trumpet
Bill Frisell guitar
Herlin Riley drums

A thrilling young trumpeter and astute bandleader (with a) unique spark in his playing

The New Yorker

Personnel

Ambrose Akinmusire trumpet
Bill Frisell guitar
Herlin Riley drums

A thrilling young trumpeter and astute bandleader (with a) unique spark in his playing

The New Yorker

Watch & Listen

Ambrose Akinmusire

Response (Live)

Ambrose Akinmusire

A Song To Exhale (Diver Song)

Ambrose Akinmusire

Response (Live)

Ambrose Akinmusire

A Song To Exhale (Diver Song)

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