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Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

June 17 | 8:00 pm

- $20 - $25
Mission Theater

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Born and raised in Oakland, California, trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire was a member of the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble when he caught the attention of saxophonist Steve Coleman. Akinmusire was asked to join Coleman’s Five Elements, embarking on a European tour when he was just a 19-year-old student at the Manhattan School of Music. After returning to the West Coast to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Southern California, Akinmusire went on to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles, where he studied with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. In 2007 Akinmusire won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and released his debut album Prelude…To Cora on the Fresh Sound label later that year. He subsequently moved back to New York and began performing with Vijay Iyer, Aaron Parks, Esperanza Spalding and Jason Moran. Akinmusire was then signed to the Blue Note label in 2011 to release When The Heart Emerges Glistening, an album met with rave reviews and his upward trajectory in contemporary jazz continues to soar. Most recently, Akinmusire was featured on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy® Award-winning 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly.

Akinmusire’s performance is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

…perhaps the most buzzed-about, award-winning, magazine-cover-posing trumpet player of his generation…” – NPR