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Kind of Blue: Will the Bay Area's Jazz Scene Ever Live Up to its Ambitions?
Date: Sunday, May 08, 2011 @ 18:07:04 UTC

By all accounts, Ambrose Akinmusire appeared poised to become a star. The Oakland-raised jazz trumpeter came up in the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble at a time when the public school was known for its art school-level music program. Led by director Charles Hamilton, the ensemble was famous for arriving to band competitions in sloppy gear - baggy jeans and Bob Marley T-shirts - when everyone else wore tuxes, and creaming all the other schools. It was at Berkeley High where Akinmusire's playing caught the ear of saxophonist Steve Coleman, who helped launch his career. But to make it big, Akinmusire had to move to New York. Complete Article







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