Growing up in New Orleans, Abram Wilson was steeped in the music of jazz and blues from childhood. He learned his craft inspired and mentored by iconic musicians such as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and many more. The roots of the African American story are inseparable from its musical heritage. For Abram and jazz musicians around the world, this music represents the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

We all face adversity at some point in our lives. For many jazz has acted as a symbol of triumph over struggle which still has relevance today. The Foundation aims to use the values of jazz to encourage young people and artists to overcome barriers on their path to greatness. These are the values Abram lived by and they underpin everything we do.

No fear - Taking the path less trodden. Embracing risk. Discovering
Hope and resilience - Overcoming adversity. Strengthening the spirit
A living tradition - Honouring our history. Making our voices heard
Inclusive and engaging - Appealing to many audiences
Collaborative - Creating across art forms
Educational - Sharing our experiences. Helping others to learn from them
International - Inspired and influenced by a global community

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