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      March 26, 2012


      47 Frith Street
      City of London, Westminster W1D 4HT

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      Ambrose Akinmusire , Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars



      Monday 26th March
      Ticket Prices:

      £18.00 - £32.50
      Doors open time

      First House

      UK debut for critically acclaimed rising-star trumpeter
      Akinmusire, a graduate of Steve Coleman’s band who has won acclaim from the likes of Quincy Jones and Hugh Masekela for his playing. He made a major impression when he appeared here last year as sideman with John Escreet’s New York band featuring David Binney. Ambrose will be here playing music from his brilliant Blue Note Records debut ‘When The heart Emerges Glistening’, a powerful exercise in intelligent interplay and subtle melodic development. His original material draws on contemporary swing and pop hooks with startling virtuosity to devastating effect and Akinmusire looks set to be one of jazz’s biggest contemporary stars.


      Ambrose's conceptual extension into a new musical language is never to the exclusion of beauty. As one who listens intently, he values the fertility of a pause, of communication, of tension. Ambrose began conceptualizing early as a musician, theorizing and experimenting as a catalyst for development. He seeks other genres of music to analyze and expose, drawing inspiration from such musicians as Bjork and Chopin.

      Ambrose’s music restructures accepted notions of jazz in a way that reflects his ability to recognize nuances, multiplicities, and patterns. First playing piano at the age of three, his familiarity with music began long before putting his mouth to a trumpet. He is relentlessly opposed to stagnation, seeking movement in both his music and his life.

      Before he was eighteen, Ambrose had already performed with such famed musicians as Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, Steve Coleman, and Billy Higgins. After graduating Berkeley High School, he moved to New York to begin a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Vincent Pinzerella from the New York Philharmonic, Dick Oatts, Lew Soloff, and Laurie Frink.

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