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, we’re putting on an unforgettable evening of jazz that you absolutely will not want to miss (promise).
We’re inviting all jazz-lovers and supporters of AWF – old, new and future – to An Evening of Jazz Celebrating the Abram Wilson Foundation on Tuesday 14th June 2016 at 8pm at St James Studio.
We are super lucky to have performances lined up from some of the best and brightest young jazz musicians working in the UK today, including:
London based Cuban trumpeter Yelfris Valdés, who has played around the world with a range of international artists including Sierra Maestra, one of Cuba’s most important musical exports.
Pianist Reuben James, who famously impressed Abram so much during a workshop at the Birmingham Junior Jazz Conservatoire that Abram invited him to join his newly formed Abram Wilson Quartet back in 2011. Identified by the Times as “fast becoming Britain’s best young jazz pianist” and winner of the British Jazz ‘Rising Star’ award, Reuben’s recent work includes a world tour with multi-award-winner Sam Smith.
Kansas Smitty’s House Band – the stars of our monthly jazz sessions at the Hospital Club (find out how to get an invite here!) – have been carving a name for themselves as one of the driving forces on the London jazz scene. They opened up their own East London jazz bar a year ago this Friday and have received praise across the jazz and mainstream press, including the Evening Standard, the Sunday Times and the Telegraph.
Make sure you don’t miss out and get your tickets here!