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Ife Ogunjobi: on starting out, Glastonbury and a wild 2019

Ife Ogunjobi: on starting out, Glastonbury and a wild 2019

BlogOct 01 2019Comments Off on Ife Ogunjobi: on starting out, Glastonbury and a wild 2019

Photo credit: Jezrael Smith London-raised trumpeter and composer, Ife Ogunjobi is one of the young rising stars of the London jazz scene. He has performed and recorded with a plethora of artists across genres, including Solange Knowles and Jon Cleary. Our founder Jennie Cashman Wilson caught up with Ife ahead of our White City House Jazz ...

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‘Community is key’: meet Cherise Adams-Burnett

‘Community is key’: meet Cherise Adams-Burnett

BlogSep 10 2019Comments Off on ‘Community is key’: meet Cherise Adams-Burnett

Photo credit: Joe Hart photography We’re super excited to announce that award-winning singer-songwriter Cherise Adams-Burnett will be playing our Autumn gig at White City House, yay! A graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Cherise is Jazz FM’s Vocalist of the Year 2019, plays live with afrobeat-jazz band Nubyian Twist and has ...

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Our artist Career Development Programme turns 1!

Our artist Career Development Programme turns 1!

BlogAug 20 2019Comments Off on Our artist Career Development Programme turns 1!

Over the last seven years we’ve been inspired by Abram to build a cohort of up and coming artists who remain engaged with the Foundation throughout their careers. They’re paying it forward by acting as role models, mentors and educators. In 2018 we formally launched our Career Development Programme, to support some of these ...

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How to build cultural capital

How to build cultural capital

BlogAug 06 2019Comments Off on How to build cultural capital

Image: Students from Nightingale Primary School on the stage at Hackney Empire with technical manager Othman Read Have you heard the term ‘cultural capital,’ something which schools will be expected to develop in their pupils from September? It means how the education, knowledge, language, habits and references that you acquire in ...

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In conversation with: Reuben James

In conversation with: Reuben James

BlogJul 23 2019Comments Off on In conversation with: Reuben James

Critically-acclaimed jazz musician and AWF patron Reuben James was just 17 when he was asked to join Abram’s band, offering him a chance to raise his profile and develop his skills as a pianist. In 2013 Reuben was approached to play with a then up-and-coming singer called Sam Smith. He’s subsequently toured the world with Smith, ...

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“A moment to shine”: our latest schools multi-arts programme video

“A moment to shine”: our latest schools multi-arts programme video

BlogJul 09 2019Comments Off on “A moment to shine”: our latest schools multi-arts programme video

As the end of the school year draws near, we’re super proud to unveil our latest multi-arts schools workshop programme video! This year we’ve loved working with four new primary and secondary schools: Nightingale Primary and Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney, London and Nelson Primary and Four Dwellings Academy in Birmingham. ...

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Future Sound: the film!

Future Sound: the film!

BlogJun 25 2019Comments Off on Future Sound: the film!

Do you remember our innovative Future Sound project last Autumn? Talented Afrobeat jazz band KOKOROKO came together with promising young musicians at Mossbourne Community Academy in a series of exciting school workshops. The collaboration culminated in a performance at award-winning jazz venue Church of Sound, showcasing the band’s music and ...

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Seven years: how far we’ve come

Seven years: how far we’ve come

BlogJun 11 2019Comments Off on Seven years: how far we’ve come

Can you believe it’s been seven years already?  As I reflected on the lows and highs of life since Abram passed away, I am gradually managing to accept that no matter how bad it gets, it always gets better, often in ways you can never imagine. With the support of a wonderful array of friends and funders, I’m unbelievably proud of what ...

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Our patron Nitin Sawhney on 20 years of Beyond Skin

Our patron Nitin Sawhney on 20 years of Beyond Skin

BlogMay 29 2019Comments Off on Our patron Nitin Sawhney on 20 years of Beyond Skin

Our patron Nitin Sawhney marks the 20th birthday of his ground breaking album Beyond Skin later this year.  Nitin is a composer, musician and producer whose career spans music, film, television, theatre and dance.  He has helped us continue Abram’s legacy, sharing his passion for inspiring young people to find their voice and championing ...

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Why music in schools shouldn’t be cut!

Why music in schools shouldn’t be cut!

BlogMay 14 2019Comments Off on Why music in schools shouldn’t be cut!

Last Autumn we brought together young people at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney, afrobeat-jazz band Kokoroko and jazz venue Church of Sound in a unique collaboration called Future Sound. Six months on, I caught up with the school’s head of music, Sophie Sayer [pictured, left of photo] to talk more about music’s ...

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