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Ambrose Akinmusire Honors W.E.B. Du Bois at Princeton University

The acclaimed trumpeter will perform in the world premiere of Slightly Left of Sorrow’s Song

Ambrose Akinmusire at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival
Ambrose Akinmusire at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival (photo: Marek Lazarski)

Acclaimed trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire—whose recent album, Origami
Harvest, was a critical success—will perform at Princeton University on Nov. 17 in the world premiere of a new suite, Slightly Left of Sorrow’s Song, commissioned in honor of the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’ birth.

Akinmusire, 36, will play with Princeton’s Small Group I—under the leadership of Jazz at Princeton director Rudresh Mahanthappa—in celebration of Du Bois, the African-American writer, teacher, and sociologist who wrote The Souls of Black Folk, among other classic works, and helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909. He died in 1963.

The concert takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. For further information, call 609-258-9220 or go here.

Akinmusire will also lead a workshop on Friday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Lee Rehearsal Room at the Lewis Arts Complex. It is free and open to the public.

The premiere of Slightly Left of Sorrow’s Song is part of Princeton’s 2018-19 jazz concert series. Other currently scheduled events include concerts by Nnenna Freelon (February 16, 2019) and Terri Lyne Carrington (May 11, 2019), and the university’s first-ever outdoor jazz festival.


Check out Ambrose Akinmusire’s Artist’s Choice playlist of current trumpet greats.

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