The Abram Wilson Foundation, the charity set up by the late trumpeter's widow Jennie Cashman, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a gala concert on 11 May at Bush Hall, London, showcasing its ongoing work to support and nurture emerging jazz talent.
Having moved to the UK in 2002 from his native New Orleans, Wilson became widely respected as a passionate advocate for music education as well as his career as an acclaimed solo artist. He made a significant impact on the British jazz scene right up until his untimely death, aged 38, on 9 June 2012 following a short battle with cancer.
The Foundation celebrates his legacy with a packed triple bill that is topped by a special guest appearance by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and solo artist Nitin Sawhney, and fast-rising Whirlwind Recordings alto-saxophonist Rachael Cohen and her Quartet, which features a stellar rhythm section of Ashley Henry, Daniel Casimir and Shane Forbes.
Strong support comes from two new groups: seven-piece Kokoroko, which include a three-horn frontline of Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone) and Richie Seivwright (trombone), plus the vocal-led quintet, Madam featuring singer Sukie Smith.
– Mike Flynn
For more info and tickets visit www.musicglue.com/bushhall/events/