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Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

June 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Photo by Pierrick Guidou

Tickets $22 general / $20 Earshot members & seniors (60+) / $10 students & veteran/military

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Supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Western Jazz Presenters Network.

Earshot Jazz is pleased to present award-winning trumpeter and bandleader Ambrose Akinmusire for the second time since 2014. The quartet will feature pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Jamire Williams in a dynamic presentation of Akinmusire’s expansive and explorative new double-album A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard, set to be released June 9, at Cornish College of the Arts’ PONCHO Concert Hall.

An Oakland native, Ambrose Akinmusire (pronounced ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee) started in high school jazz band at Berkeley High before propelling full-force into the jazz scene after catching saxophonist Steve Coleman’s attention.

He has since been on international tours, obtained a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, joined Blue Note Records, worked with jazz icons including Esperanza Spalding and Vijay Iyer, and even contributed to famed hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly. Akinmusire has produced widely recognized albums the imagined savior is far easier to paint and When the Heart Emerges Glistening, and continues to evolve his music through varied orchestration and experimentation both instrumentally and through the relevant social anthropomorphic climate of the time through which he is inspired. His unique compositions have earned him grants and commissions from the Doris Duke Foundation, the MAP Fund, the Kennedy Center, and the Monterey Jazz Festival, among others.

Raghavan, at age 8, began studying Western and Indian percussion before switching to double bass at age 17. He has worked with a number of established jazz greats including Gerald Clayton, Rodney Green, and Aaron Parks, and has made a name for himself in the New York and national jazz scene.

Texas native Jamire Williams went to the Grammy award-winning high school of The Performing & Visual Arts of Houston, Texas as well as The New School in NYC where he obtained a BFA in Jazz and contemporary music. He has toured, performed, and recorded with world-renowned artists including Solange Knowles, Robert Glasper, Corrine Bailey Rae, Terence Blanchard, and Christian Scott.

Dallas, Texas, native Sam Harris studied classical piano and was competitive locally and statewide before discovering jazz in high school. Harris currently resides in NYC where he performs with bands led by Ben Van Gelder and Logan Richardson, and has toured regionally and internationally.


June 20, 2017
8:00 pm
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PONCHO Concert Hall, Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts
710 E Roy St
Seattle, WA 98102 United States