The Kennedy Center and Monk Institute present the winner of the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, Ambrose Akinmusire, as part of the Institute's ongoing partnership with the Kennedy Center. Akinmusire performs music that "works its way under the skin, delivering a tickle one moment and an electric jolt the next" (Variety). After studying at the Manhattan School of Music and recent gigs with such artists as Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter, Ambrose's musical trajectory continues to grow in many directions. He seeks other genres of music to analyze and expose, drawing inspiration from disparate sources, from Chopin to Björk.
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