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REMEMBERING ABRAM, FOUR YEARS ON…

REMEMBERING ABRAM, FOUR YEARS ON…

BlogJun 09 2016Comments Off on REMEMBERING ABRAM, FOUR YEARS ON…

Photo credit: Ben Amure www.benjaminamure.com   The lovely team at LondonJazz helped us put a tribute piece together to mark today. Thank you to them and to Abram’s fellow musicians (Keith Loftis, Reuben James, Pedro Segundo, Kevin Robinson, Binker Golding, Jason Marsalis and Jason Yarde) who contributed their very lovely and ...

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KANSAS SMITTY’S – NEW ASSOCIATE ARTISTS OF ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION!

KANSAS SMITTY’S – NEW ASSOCIATE ARTISTS OF ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION!

BlogMay 30 2016Comments Off on KANSAS SMITTY’S – NEW ASSOCIATE ARTISTS OF ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION!

Photo credit: Rah Pethibridge   The Abram Wilson Foundation is proud to announce Kansas Smitty’s as one of our founding Associate Artists. Officially launched in 2013 by eight hungry jazz-possessed twenty-somethings today Kansas Smitty’s consists of the Kansas Smitty’s House Band, an ever increasing community of young jazz ...

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REUBEN JAMES –  NEW PATRON FOR THE ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION!

REUBEN JAMES – NEW PATRON FOR THE ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION!

BlogMay 24 2016Comments Off on REUBEN JAMES – NEW PATRON FOR THE ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION!

Photo credit: Jesaja Hizkia     “I’m honoured to be announced as the Abram Wilson Foundation’s first ever patron.  I met Abram when I was 17 years old when he was leading a workshop in Birmingham.  He took me under his wing and asked me to join his band. We went on tour around the jazz circuit and it was amazing for me to ...

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CELEBRATING ABRAM WILSON’S LIFE AND OUR 4TH ANNIVERSARY!

CELEBRATING ABRAM WILSON’S LIFE AND OUR 4TH ANNIVERSARY!

BlogMay 17 2016Comments Off on CELEBRATING ABRAM WILSON’S LIFE AND OUR 4TH ANNIVERSARY!

On 9th June it will be four years since Abram passed away. As many of you reading this will know, I set up the Abram Wilson Foundation to continue Abram’s legacy of supporting, educating and encouraging disadvantaged young people and talented artists to thrive. To celebrate Abram’s memory, and all that the Foundation has achieved so far, ...

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY! WHAT’S NEXT WITH AWF…

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY! WHAT’S NEXT WITH AWF…

BlogApr 30 2016Comments Off on HAPPY INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY! WHAT’S NEXT WITH AWF…

It’s that time of year again when we get to celebrate JAZZ across the globe.  And what better way to do that than to let you all know what’s in store for the next couple of months. We have some very exciting funding news to share with you in the not too distant future which may or may not involve a certain famous bear…can ...

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REUBEN JAMES TRIO TO PLAY MAC BIRMINGHAM

REUBEN JAMES TRIO TO PLAY MAC BIRMINGHAM

BlogJan 13 2016Comments Off on REUBEN JAMES TRIO TO PLAY MAC BIRMINGHAM

A big congratulations to Abram’s former pianist, Reuben James who is recently back from three years of touring the world with international pop sensation, Sam Smith. To celebrate Reuben is treating us to a rare jazz gig with his trio at mac birmingham on Friday 22nd January. There are still a few tickets left and we would love to see you ...

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW TRUSTEE, SHARAN JASWAL!

WELCOME TO OUR NEW TRUSTEE, SHARAN JASWAL!

BlogDec 29 2015Comments Off on WELCOME TO OUR NEW TRUSTEE, SHARAN JASWAL!

We’re super excited to introduce our new trustee, Sharan Jaswal.  She is Education Director at financial and enterprise education charity, MyBnk. As a founding staff member, she has played a prominent role in designing, developing and delivering MyBnk’s suite of award winning and globally renowned programmes. We managed to sit down ...

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WATES FOUNDATION £10,000 GRANT

WATES FOUNDATION £10,000 GRANT

BlogNov 26 2015Comments Off on WATES FOUNDATION £10,000 GRANT

Ten days ago, one of my favourite writers, communicators, speakers, marketeers, idea makers, and all round champion of the good stuff, Seth Godin posted a blog about a different kind of Thanksgiving, one that celebrated two things: “The people in our lives who give us the support and love we need to make a difference, and… The ...

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WANDSWORTH RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JIM SPRING

WANDSWORTH RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JIM SPRING

BlogNov 24 2015Comments Off on WANDSWORTH RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JIM SPRING

On Sunday 22nd November band leader for Kansas Smitty’s, Giacomo Smith and I caught up with Jim Spring at Wandsworth Radio to tell him a bit more about the Abram Wilson Foundation and Kansas Smitty’s as part of their late night jazz show, The Chiminea. For the last couple of years the Abram Wilson Foundation has been working with ...

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SMITTY’S BIG FOUR HOSPITAL CLUB RESIDENCY

SMITTY’S BIG FOUR HOSPITAL CLUB RESIDENCY

BlogOct 15 2015Comments Off on SMITTY’S BIG FOUR HOSPITAL CLUB RESIDENCY

Last night we continued our monthly jazz residency at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden with the wonderfully talented, Smitty’s Big Four (little brother to the foot stomping Kansas Smitty’s House Band). Led by Giacomo Smith on clarinet the band delighted a packed room with their usual mash up of jazz genres from New York to ...

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