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Blue Note Recording Artist AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE to Perform as Part of The Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox on March 23

March 10, 2014

Buffalo, NY – The 2013–14 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series will present the acclaimed trumpeter and Blue Note recording artist Ambrose Akinmusire with his quintet at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Sunday, March 23, at 3 pm. A pre-concert conversation, “Blue Note Records: Overlooked Gems” with Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton, will take place at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 for Members and $29 for non-members and can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk or online at http://www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz.

Not since Wynton Marsalis has a trumpeter ascended to the top of the jazz world as rapidly as Ambrose Akinmusire. The winner of the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the 2007 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, Akinmusire has proved himself one of the most vital instrumentalists of his generation. He was named Rising Star Jazz Artist and Rising Star Trumpet in the DownBeat magazine’s Critics Poll, graduating to Trumpet Player of the Year in 2012 on the strength of his Blue Note debut, When the Heart Emerges Glistening. The album also earned Akinmusire France’s prestigious Grand Prix l’Academie du Jazz award. Akinmusire’s performance at the Albright-Knox will coincide with the March release of his sophomore disc for Blue Note, the imagined savior is far easier to paint. 
The son of a father from Nigeria and a mother from Mississippi, Akinmusire was raised in Oakland, California. After touring extensively with Steve Coleman while still a teen, Akinmusire studied at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter before returning to New York, where he has worked with a stunning array of jazz’s finest musicians. Akinmusire’s main outlet is his long-running quintet with drummer (and childhood friend) Justin Brown, bassist Harish Raghavan, pianist Sam Harris, and a new member, guitarist Justin Altura (formerly with Chick Corea). Together, the group brews up “limber, straight-ahead jazz with mystery” (Ben Ratliff, The New York Times).
Now in its fifteenth season as the most successful music series of its kind in Western New York history, the Art of Jazz Series has established the Albright-Knox Auditorium as one of the premier venues for live jazz in North America. The 2013-14 series will conclude with the Grammy-nominated vocal sensation Cécile McClorin Salvant on April 26, 2014.
Individual concert tickets are $25 for Members and $29 for non-members. Season tickets, for all four concerts, are available at a discounted rate of $90 for Members. Tickets can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk or online at www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz.
AK Café serves brunch on Sundays from noon to 3 pm and will serve dinner before the concert on Saturday, April 26, 2014, starting at 5 pm. For reservations, which are highly recommended, please call 716.270.8223.
The Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series is supported, in part, by a generous grant from Hunt Real Estate. It is produced by Bruce Eaton and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The Ambrose Akinmusire concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of an anonymous donor. 

Buffalo, NY – The 2013–14 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series will present the acclaimed trumpeter and Blue Note recording artist Ambrose Akinmusire with his quintet at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Sunday, March 23, at 3 pm. A pre-concert conversation, “Blue Note Records: Overlooked Gems” with Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton, will take place at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 for Members and $29 for non-members and can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk or online at http://www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz.

Not since Wynton Marsalis has a trumpeter ascended to the top of the jazz world as rapidly as Ambrose Akinmusire. The winner of the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the 2007 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, Akinmusire has proved himself one of the most vital instrumentalists of his generation. He was named Rising Star Jazz Artist and Rising Star Trumpet in the DownBeat magazine’s Critics Poll, graduating to Trumpet Player of the Year in 2012 on the strength of his Blue Note debut, When the Heart Emerges Glistening. The album also earned Akinmusire France’s prestigious Grand Prix l’Academie du Jazz award. Akinmusire’s performance at the Albright-Knox will coincide with the March release of his sophomore disc for Blue Note, the imagined savior is far easier to paint. 

The son of a father from Nigeria and a mother from Mississippi, Akinmusire was raised in Oakland, California. After touring extensively with Steve Coleman while still a teen, Akinmusire studied at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter before returning to New York, where he has worked with a stunning array of jazz’s finest musicians. Akinmusire’s main outlet is his long-running quintet with drummer (and childhood friend) Justin Brown, bassist Harish Raghavan, pianist Sam Harris, and a new member, guitarist Justin Altura (formerly with Chick Corea). Together, the group brews up “limber, straight-ahead jazz with mystery” (Ben Ratliff, The New York Times).

Now in its fifteenth season as the most successful music series of its kind in Western New York history, the Art of Jazz Series has established the Albright-Knox Auditorium as one of the premier venues for live jazz in North America. The 2013-14 series will conclude with the Grammy-nominated vocal sensation Cécile McClorin Salvant on April 26, 2014.

Individual concert tickets are $25 for Members and $29 for non-members. Season tickets, for all four concerts, are available at a discounted rate of $90 for Members. Tickets can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk or online at www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz.

AK Café serves brunch on Sundays from noon to 3 pm and will serve dinner before the concert on Saturday, April 26, 2014, starting at 5 pm. For reservations, which are highly recommended, please call 716.270.8223.

The Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series is supported, in part, by a generous grant from Hunt Real Estate. It is produced by Bruce Eaton and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The Ambrose Akinmusire concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of an anonymous donor. 

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