Tag Archives: Abram Wilson Foundation

Championing Women in Jazz

Championing Women in Jazz

BlogMar 02 2020Comments Off on Championing Women in Jazz

The themes of this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March are forging a gender equal world, celebrating women’s achievement, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. Our founder Jennie Cashman Wilson caught up with a woman who is doing just that in the jazz world, Nina Fine. Singer songwriter Nina ...

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Future Sound 2020: inspiring the next generation of jazz musicians.

Future Sound 2020: inspiring the next generation of jazz musicians.

BlogFeb 04 2020Comments Off on Future Sound 2020: inspiring the next generation of jazz musicians.

📷 Remy Archer Our Future Sound 2020 programme began this month, a unique and award-winning collaboration that aims to help develop and inspire the next generation of young jazz musicians. Mercury-nominated band SEED Ensemble are working with young people at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney and innovative jazz venue Church of Sound. ...

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A new jazz age: catching up with Yohan Kebede

A new jazz age: catching up with Yohan Kebede

BlogJan 07 2020Comments Off on A new jazz age: catching up with Yohan Kebede

Photo credit: Fabjola Biraci We’re roaring into the twenties with an exciting gig announcement! Pianist Yohan Kebede – who plays keys with jazz afrobeat ensemble Kokoroko – kicks off our 2020 programme with an exclusive event next month. He took a moment out for a chat. Jennie: Happy New Year!  2019 was a massive one for ...

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Double your donation & change young lives through music

Double your donation & change young lives through music

BlogDec 03 2019Comments Off on Double your donation & change young lives through music

Today, and for one week only, we are asking you to help us raise funds for an amazing project called Future Sound 2020, in our Big Give Christmas Challenge. Our first Future Sound project ran last year, won a national award and was transformational for the young people who took part, many of whom faced barriers to music and aspiration because ...

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Rolling into December with top jazz drummer Will Cleasby

Rolling into December with top jazz drummer Will Cleasby

BlogNov 05 2019Comments Off on Rolling into December with top jazz drummer Will Cleasby

Will Cleasby is a super talented drummer who hails from Lincolnshire, studied jazz performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and is now based in South East London. He’s part of a number of awesome projects including Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Judi Jackson and Mark Kavuma’s The Banger Factory and has played many of ...

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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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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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