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Ambrose Akinmusire: Upholding Tradition & Breaking Decorum

A conversation with the creative jazz trumpeter about his musical life and career

Ambrose Akinmusire Photo by Pierrick Guidou

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The trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire was raised in the musically fertile Bay Area along with many other notable jazz players such as Jonathan Finlayson, Dayna Stephens and Justin Brown. Signed to Blue Note Records in 2010, he released his debut album for the label, When the Heart Emerges Glistening, in 2011 and the imagined savior is far easier to paint in 2014. His newest album is a live session – A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard – that features his working band of Sam Harris (piano), Harish Raghavan (bass) and Justin Brown (drums). He also performs with the Blue Note All Stars featuring Marcus Strickland, Lionel Loueke, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott. In addition to touring with his own group throughout the summer and fall, Akinmusire will perform with the Blue Note All Stars on the Blue Note at Sea cruise in January 2018.

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