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Ambrose Akinmusire

Part of the 2013–2014 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series

Sunday, March 23, 2014, 3 pm

$25 for Members
$29 for non-members

Pre-concert Conversation, 2 pm
“Blue Note Records: Overlooked Gems,” with Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton

Concert, 3 pm

Not since Wynton Marsalis has a trumpeter ascended to the top of the jazz world as rapidly as Ambrose Akinmusire. Voted the #1 trumpeter in both the 2012 JazzTimes and DownBeat critics’ polls on the strength of his Blue Note debut When the Heart Emerges Glistening, “Akinmusire sounds less like a rising star than one that [is] already at great heights” (Los Angeles Times). After touring extensively with Steve Coleman while still a teen, Akinmusire studied at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz with Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, and Wayne Shorter. With the formation of his current quintet, Akinmusire has found the perfect collaborators to present “limber, straight-ahead jazz with mystery and pop instincts that gets around most of the old, pervasive mainstream influences, both of trumpet playing and bandleading” (Ben Ratliff, The New York Times).


Individual concert tickets are $25 for Gallery Members and $29 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk, by calling the Gallery at 716.270.8292, or online at

Concerts often sell out in advance of each performance, so please order tickets early to avoid disappointment.

AK Café serves brunch on Sundays from noon to 3 pm. For reservations, which are highly recommended, please call 716.270.8223.

Learn More About the 2013–2014 Series

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.