Ambrose Akinmusire Leads Big Band and Special Guests Jack Dejohnette, Tom Harrell and Gary Bartz In Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room

March 27-28 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

New York, NY (January 30, 2020) – On March 27-28 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in The Appel Room, acclaimed trumpeter and composer, Ambrose Akinmusire will make his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut as a headliner to perform his extended Banyan suite for the first time in NYC, while leading an all-star large ensemble featuring special guests drummer Jack DeJohnette, trumpeter Tom Harrelland saxophonist Gary Bartz.

The Appel Room in Frederick P. Rose Hall is located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, NY.

Akinmusire is one of today’s hottest trumpeters, with his ability as a composer to create new musical worlds with each of his various projects. He aspires to create richly textured, emotionally resonant landscapes that tell the stories of the community and record the time. As a highly skilled musician and bandleader, he brings truth to the notion that music alone can be as immersive and transportive as any art form.

According to the New Yorker, Akinmusire is “a thrilling young trumpeter and astute bandleader [with a] unique spark in his playing”.

In his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut as a headliner, Akinmusire will perform, for the first time in New York City, his extended composition, banyan, exemplifying jazz as a living continuum and bringing together generations of distinctive voices through new music, with living legends Jack DeJohnette, Gary Bartz, and Tom Harrell on board, as well as established jazz artists Sullivan Fortner, Matt Brewer,Marcus Gilmore, Walter Smith III, Marvin Sewell and more. The powerful, original suite of music explores the role of mentorship in the oraland aural traditions of society and jazz and first premiered at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in 2015.

Banyan features the below artists:

Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet Special Guests: Gary Bartz, alto sax, Tom Harrell, Trumpet, Jack DeJohnette, drums All Compositions by Ambrose Akinmusire Arrangements: Jim McNeely

Roman Filiu, alto sax Caroline Davis, alto sax Walter Smith , tenor sax Ben Kono, tenor sax Dayna Stephens, baritone sax

Frank Greene, trumpet Dave Ballou, trumpet Stéphane Clément, trumpet

Ryan Keberle, trombone Earl McIntyre, trombone Kalia Vendever, trombone

Marvin Sewell, guitar Sullivan Fortner, piano Matt Brewer, bass Marcus Gilmore, drums

A pre-concert discussion will take place one hour prior to each show at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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