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.