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Blue Note Records Signs Jazz Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire

Winner of Monk Competition to record major label debut with Jason Moran as co-producer

2007 Thelonious Monk Competition winner Ambrose Akinmusire
Ambrose Akinmusire

.With all the talk about major labels being out of the jazz game, it’s nice to report a good old-fashioned signing of new artist with all the incipient optimism that entails. Blue Note Records under the umbrella of the EMI label has announced the signing of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who won the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2007.

Akinmusire (pronounced ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee) hails from the Bay area, but came East to study jazz at the Manhattan School of Music. After graduating from that prestigious jazz program, he came back to the Left Coast to study at USC. In addition to winning the Monk Competition (judged by a veritable who’s who of contemporary trumpeters including Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Terence Blanchard, Hugh Masekela, Clark Terry and Roy Hargrove), Akinmusire won the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, and released his debut recording Prelude…To Cora on the Fresh Sound New Talent label.

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