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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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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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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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Does jazz have a glass ceiling?  Nikki Yeoh on smashing it and being brave with Courtney Pine

Does jazz have a glass ceiling? Nikki Yeoh on smashing it and being brave with Courtney Pine

BlogJul 17 2018Comments Off on Does jazz have a glass ceiling? Nikki Yeoh on smashing it and being brave with Courtney Pine

Photo credit: Nick White Birmingham is one of the many special places where Abram inspired young people with his warmth, enthusiasm and music. Back in 2012 he was working there with 350 children on a new commission for the city’s Symphony Hall to be performed as part of their first ever Generation Ladywood Showcase Event. Sadly Abram never ...

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What are your top songs of the summer? Bassist for Jorja Smith, Mutale Chasi gives us his

What are your top songs of the summer? Bassist for Jorja Smith, Mutale Chasi gives us his

BlogMay 22 2018Comments Off on What are your top songs of the summer? Bassist for Jorja Smith, Mutale Chasi gives us his

Image credit: Patricia Pascal   How did you get into music, was it always in your life? Music has always been in my life, from singing along to hymns in church with my parents as a child, to intently listening to the radio trying to record songs on to cassette tapes using my uncle’s old radio. Back then I thought my mixtapes were fire! ...

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SUKIE SMITH: HOSPITAL CLUB JAZZ RESIDENCY ROUND-UP

SUKIE SMITH: HOSPITAL CLUB JAZZ RESIDENCY ROUND-UP

BlogJul 12 2016Comments Off on SUKIE SMITH: HOSPITAL CLUB JAZZ RESIDENCY ROUND-UP

Photo credit: Benjamin Amure www.benjaminamure.com   Like all good things in London, the monthly Abram Wilson Foundation jazz shows at the Hospital Club have remained a very well kept secret… After working with founder, Jennie Cashman Wilson towards the end of 2014 on a research and development fortnight for The Philippa Project, I ...

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