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Introduction by Jennie Cashman Wilson

"Though life is hard I come from a history of greatness, so I will be great" - Abram Wilson, 30th August 1973 - 9th June 2012

Abram Wilson was my husband and an acclaimed jazz trumpeter and composer from New Orleans who spent the last ten years of his life living in London. During this time he recorded three albums, toured the world and educated thousands of children and young people, opening their world to new possibilities through jazz music.

I knew Abram for three years, during which time he became both a work colleague and a life partner. We worked hard on building his profile. New projects and partnerships were developed and we planned to change the world with jazz, story telling and inspiring educational projects. We had it all figured out. And then in June 2012 with all these exciting plans ahead of us, we lost him.

My instinctive response was to keep going. Before Abram died he said that he still had so much he wanted to do and I felt like I owed it to both of us to try and realise some of our dreams and continue his legacy. With this in mind I decided to establish a foundation which would represent Abram’s passions and his resilient and eternally optimistic spirit.