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Ambrose Akinmusire

Sat, Aug 24, 1:00pm2:30pm

Black and white photo of Ambrose Akinmusire, front-facing with is hand partially covering his face
Sat, Aug 24
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Great Lawn, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA + Google Map
(415) 543-1718

After a period of stripping his music down to the barest essentials, trumpeter/composer Ambrose Akinmusire is once again painting on an expansive canvas. A perpetual sonic explorer eager to investigate fresh terrain, he released two remarkable albums last year, the solo trumpet recital Beauty is Enough, and Owl Song, a strikingly spacious project with guitar great Bill Frisell and New Orleans drum poet Herlin Riley. Following up on his 2018 album Origami Harvest, the Oakland-reared Akinmusire presents the West Coast premiere of his new project Honey From A Winter’s Stone. Featuring a string quartet, DC-based rapper/producer/singer Kokayi, and longtime Akinmusire bandmates Sam Harris on piano/keyboards and fellow Berkeley High alum Justin Brown on drums, it’s a radiant synthesis of hip-hop, chamber jazz and new music. Recently named Artistic Director of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance (formerly known as the Monk Institute), Akinmusire has maintained a singular status as both a leading force on the horn–Downbeat Magazine named him 2023 Trumpeter of the Year – and an edgy conceptualist unbound by genre conventions.


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