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Ambrose Akinmusire: Porter
March 3 @ 7:30 PM PST
Twenty years into his professional career, Oakland-reared trumpet star Ambrose Akinmusire pays tribute to the heroes of his youth — the legendary Bay Area musicians who mentored and shaped him.As a youth, he was taken under the wing of “Mr. Porter,” as he calls him, along with jazz innovators like drummer Donald Bailey, saxophonists Sonny Simmons and Bishop Norman Williams, trumpeter Khalil Shaheed, bassist Herbie Lewis, and pianist Ed Kelly.
They became father figures, friends, and musical guides to Akinmusire, who learned the ropes while playing with them. He has since come under the wing of international jazz figures like Wayne Shorter and Jack DeJohnette. But Akinmusire sets his departed Bay Area mentors on equal footing.