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Trumpeter Abram Wilson Dies at 38

Colon cancer claims the life of London-based, American-born musician

Abram Wilson

Abram Wilson, a trumpeter who was born in Arkansas, raised in New Orleans but had lived in London for the past decade, died of colon cancer June 9. He was 38. In a 2005 JazzTimes feature Wilson explained his relocation: “Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and Quincy Jones came here and found a lot of success. I wanted to get my music into an international scene. I woke up one morning and said, ‘I want to go to Europe.'”

A New York Times obituary said Wilson “was known for combining musical forms-melding quicksilver bebop with cloudbursts of hip-hop or passages of Stevie Wonder sung in his modest Sunday chorister’s voice.”

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