Although just 32 years old, the virtuosic trumpeter AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE has been performing with the greats of jazz for more than a decade and has been igniting audiences since he came on the jazz scene in Northern California. Winner of both the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, he also received the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival’s Paul Acket Award last year. The New Yorker described Ambrose as “a thrilling young trumpeter and astute bandleader [with a] unique spark in his playing.” His recent album, the imagined savior is far easier to paint, received a 5 star review in allaboutjazz, successfully following his acclaimed debut recording When the Heart Emerges Glistening, which New York Times critic Nate Chinen named his #1 album of 2011. For the Hyde Park Jazz Festival Ambrose presents his composition, banyan, which builds on his interest in the role of the griot and mentor in social and jazz history. He is developing a sixty-minute composition and companion video installation exploring storytelling and mentorship as oral and aural tradition in artist and community networks. To develop the composition and companion video, Ambrose interviewed Rob Carter, Bertha Hope, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Persip, Archie Shepp, Bennie Maupin, and Henry Threadgill. For this project, Ambrose has created a 12-person ensemble with the following personnel: Saxophones: WALTER SMITH, MARCUS STRICKLAND, JACOB RODRIGUEZ, TIM GREEN. Trumpets: AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE, JUMAANE  SMITH, JASON PALMER. Trombones: VINCENT ARVEL CHANDLER, JOSH ROSEMAN. Rhythm Section: HARISH RAGHAVAN, bass; SAM HARRIS, piano; JUSTIN BROWN, drums. 

Note: The commissioned sixty-minute suite will be performed twice at The Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts.

This program is made possible in part by support from the Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts.