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Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet; Monday, June 23, 2014

Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet
Monday, June 23, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Trumpeter/composer/bandleader Ambrose Akinmusire brings his artistic vision to the next level with The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint, his second release for Blue Note Records. This album comes on the heels his major label debut, which the New York Times named one of the best albums of 2011. This new record focuses around his quintet, but is thoughtfully embellished with a string quartet and guest vocalists, creating pieces that pulse with energy and focus. As the New Yorker aptly puts it, “Akinmusire skillfully embeds his bravura horn work in an undeniably ambitious new-jazz vision.” The words rising star barely begin to describe this young man’s talent.

Born and raised in California’s East Bay, Akinmusire came up through the ranks of the esteemed Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, where he caught the attention of saxophonist Steve Coleman.  From there, the young trumpeter joined Coleman’s Five Elements group and subsequently studied at the Manhattan School of Music and University of Southern California, under the tutelage of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard.

The 2007 awardee of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Akinmusire released his debut album, Prelude…To Core, the following year.  A newly transplanted New Yorker, he began performing regularly with Esperanza Spalding, Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer.  His place amongst this top echelon on young jazzers led to a deal with Blue Note Records and the acclaimed 2011 record When The Heart Emerges Glistening.

This year’s The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint solidifies Akinmusire’s status as a leader of jazz.  As DownBeat Magazine puts is, his music is “spectacular and not at all shy – muscular, driving, with a forward sound, pliant phrasing and a penchant for intervallic leaps…clearly something very special and personal is at work here.”  His quintet of Walter Smith on saxophone, Sam Harris on piano, Harish Raghavan on bass and Justin Brown on drums bring to life the textured compositions and arrangements on the new album and set the tone as a true band of like-minded, progressive musicians.

Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet

DATE: Monday, June 23, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $30/Door, No Comp tickets
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

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