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SAXOPHONE GIANTS – TOUR KICKS OFF AT CALSTOCK JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

SAXOPHONE GIANTS – TOUR KICKS OFF AT CALSTOCK JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

BlogOct 22 2013Comments Off on SAXOPHONE GIANTS – TOUR KICKS OFF AT CALSTOCK JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

On Sunday 27th October we begin the start of a ten date tour, labelled Saxophone Giants which will be headed up by the much loved, virtuoso tenor player Jean Toussaint, former band member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers.  He will be joined by two more recent members of Wilson’s band, rising star, Reuben James, who the Times ...

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THE MUSIC LIVES ON – REHEARSAL FOR LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2013

THE MUSIC LIVES ON – REHEARSAL FOR LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2013

BlogOct 13 2013Comments Off on THE MUSIC LIVES ON – REHEARSAL FOR LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2013

Photo credit: Benjamin Amure taken at Ronnie Scott’s on 2nd May 2012 Last week we had our first rehearsal for the Tribute to Abram Wilson gig (20th November, London Jazz Festival) at Premises Studios.  Premises have been incredibly supportive over the last few months and this is probably a good moment to thank Viv Broughton and his ...

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LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2013 – A TRIBUTE TO ABRAM WILSON

LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2013 – A TRIBUTE TO ABRAM WILSON

BlogSep 20 2013Comments Off on LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2013 – A TRIBUTE TO ABRAM WILSON

Photo credit: Benjamin Amure The countdown begins…exactly two months today on Wednesday 20th November at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, we will be paying tribute to Abram’s life with a concert celebrating his music from the final years of his career. The gig will feature close friends and musical associates, including ...

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BIRTHDAYS – JUST ANOTHER DAY

BIRTHDAYS – JUST ANOTHER DAY

BlogAug 30 2013Comments Off on BIRTHDAYS – JUST ANOTHER DAY

Photo credit: Benjamin Amure Today would have been Abram’s 40th birthday.  I can imagine what he would be doing if he were here, he’d have already been up for at least five hours (it’s nearly 8:30am).  He’d have gone for a run, gone to the gym to lift some weights, come home, showered, used up all the towels, made a ...

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DON’T BE SAD – NEW SINGLE BY UNITED VIBRATIONS

DON’T BE SAD – NEW SINGLE BY UNITED VIBRATIONS

BlogAug 18 2013Comments Off on DON’T BE SAD – NEW SINGLE BY UNITED VIBRATIONS

  For those of you who haven’t heard of United Vibrations, they were formed nine years ago by three brothers, Kareem Dayes, Ahmad Dayes, and Yussef Dayes.  They began as an octet and then about five years ago scaled things down to a quartet, with Wayne Francis II joining as the fourth band member.  Their first album was ...

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“WORLD CLASS TENOR SAXOPHONIST” – REVIEW OF JEAN TOUSSAINT AT RONNIE SCOTT’S

“WORLD CLASS TENOR SAXOPHONIST” – REVIEW OF JEAN TOUSSAINT AT RONNIE SCOTT’S

BlogJul 31 2013Comments Off on “WORLD CLASS TENOR SAXOPHONIST” – REVIEW OF JEAN TOUSSAINT AT RONNIE SCOTT’S

Photo credit: Benjamin Amure  The legendary Jean Toussaint has received a wonderful review for his recent performance at Ronnie Scott’s. Toussaint will be heading up the Abram Wilson Foundation 2013 Autumn Tour alongside American tenor player Keith Loftis and a fiery young rhythm section: Reuben James – piano, Dave Hamblett ...

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MOVING ON – THE TRUSTEES, A NEW BASSIST AND GREATNESS

MOVING ON – THE TRUSTEES, A NEW BASSIST AND GREATNESS

BlogJul 25 2013Comments Off on MOVING ON – THE TRUSTEES, A NEW BASSIST AND GREATNESS

Photo: Laura Vakil (trustee), Flo Butler (trustee), Laura Palmer (trustee), Jennie Cashman Wilson (CEO & founder) Today is a year since we gathered on London’s South Bank, in 30 degree heat, to say goodbye to a friend, brother, son and husband.  It was a day of joy and celebration with fellow musicians, friends and fans coming ...

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SAXOPHONE GIANTS: 10 DATE AUTUMN 2013 TOUR ANNOUNCED

SAXOPHONE GIANTS: 10 DATE AUTUMN 2013 TOUR ANNOUNCED

BlogJul 08 2013Comments Off on SAXOPHONE GIANTS: 10 DATE AUTUMN 2013 TOUR ANNOUNCED

      Photo Credits: Benjamin Amure & Tracy Young Photography  The Band I am delighted to be able to announce the first set of UK tour dates for a group of exceptionally fine jazz musicians: Jean Toussaint – tenor and soprano sax Keith Loftis – tenor sax Reuben James – piano Alex Davis – double ...

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RADIO INTERVIEW WITH TOM MALLOW

RADIO INTERVIEW WITH TOM MALLOW

BlogJun 29 2013Comments Off on RADIO INTERVIEW WITH TOM MALLOW

Photo Credit: Benjamin Amure Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of talking to the lovely Tom Mallow for his Cultural Review show.  We chatted about Abram and the Foundation before Tom played a half hour interview he recorded with Ab about a year and a half/two years ago.  It’s wonderful to listen to Abram talking about some of his ...

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MARKING YEAR ONE

MARKING YEAR ONE

BlogJun 19 2013Comments Off on MARKING YEAR ONE

Photo Credits: Benjamin Amure & Ruth Chandler This post is a wee bit on the late side.  I really should have updated y’all on the tremendous success of the events that took place in memory of Abram at Birmingham Town Hall & Symphony Hall (THSH) on 4th June ages ago.  But, the one year anniversary since Abram passed was just a ...

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