@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
4 July 2015
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Desert Island Discs
Which 2 albums would you take with you to a desert island?
John Coltrane - Crescent
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now
Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is a forward-thinking musician with
a bent toward atmospheric post-bop. Born in Oakland, California,
Akinmusire showed early promise by his teens and gigged professionally
while also playing in the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble. Early
encounters with such luminaries as saxophonists Joe Henderson and
Steve Coleman pushed Akinmusire to focus a keen eye on his own development.
He earned his bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music
and later his master's from the University of Southern California.
Along the way, Akinmusire studied with such trumpet luminaries as
master teacher Laurie Frink, Lew Soloff, and Terence Blanchard.
Akinmusire has appeared as a sideman on many albums, including works
by saxophonist Coleman, pianists Aaron Parks and Vijay Iyer, trombonist
Josh Roseman, bassist Esperanza Spalding, and others. In 2007 Akinmusire
won the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition
and the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.