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Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Ambrose Akinmusire Leads Big Band and Special Guests Jack Dejohnette, Tom Harrell and Gary Bartz In Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room

March 27-28 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

New York, NY (January 30, 2020) – On March 27-28 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in The Appel Room, acclaimed trumpeter and composer, Ambrose Akinmusire will make his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut as a headliner to perform his extended Banyan suite for the first time in NYC, while leading an all-star large ensemble featuring special guests drummer Jack DeJohnette, trumpeter Tom Harrelland saxophonist Gary Bartz. 

The Appel Room in Frederick P. Rose Hall is located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, NY.

Akinmusire is one of today’s hottest trumpeters, with his ability as a composer to create new musical worlds with each of his various projects. He aspires to create richly textured, emotionally resonant landscapes that tell the stories of the community and record the time. As a highly skilled musician and bandleader, he brings truth to the notion that music alone can be as immersive and transportive as any art form.

According to the New Yorker, Akinmusire is “a thrilling young trumpeter and astute bandleader [with a] unique spark in his playing”.

In his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut as a headliner, Akinmusire will perform, for the first time in New York City, his extended composition, banyanexemplifying jazz as a living continuum and bringing together generations of distinctive voices through new music, with living legends Jack DeJohnette, Gary Bartz, and Tom Harrell on board, as well as established jazz artists Sullivan Fortner, Matt Brewer,Marcus Gilmore, Walter Smith III, Marvin Sewell and more. The powerful, original suite of music explores the role of mentorship in the oraland aural traditions of society and jazz and first premiered at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in 2015. 

Banyan features the below artists:

Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet
Special Guests: Gary Bartz, alto sax, Tom Harrell, Trumpet, Jack DeJohnette, drums
All Compositions by Ambrose Akinmusire
Arrangements: Jim McNeely

Roman Filiu, alto sax
Caroline Davis, alto sax
Walter Smith , tenor sax
Ben Kono, tenor sax
Dayna Stephens, baritone sax

Frank Greene, trumpet
Dave Ballou, trumpet
Stéphane Clément, trumpet

Ryan Keberle, trombone
Earl McIntyre, trombone
Kalia Vendever, trombone

Marvin Sewell, guitar
Sullivan Fortner, piano
Matt Brewer, bass
Marcus Gilmore, drums

A pre-concert discussion will take place one hour prior to each show at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit jazz.org. For more information on Ambrose Akinmusire, please visit ambroseakinmusire.com.

*Artists subject to change

Ticket Information

The Appel Room ticket prices are $65 and up, dependent upon time and seating section.

All single tickets can be purchased through jazz.org 24 hours a day or through CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor. Note: Hot Seats—$10 seats for each Rose Theater performance (excluding Jazz for Young People® concerts and other performances as specified) and select performances in The Appel Room—are available for purchase by the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance. Tickets are subject to availability; please call 212-258-9800 for available Hot Seats performance dates.

Many of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concerts stream live in high-definition audio and video for free to a global audience. The concerts will also be available on Livestream’s mobile and TV-connected applications with real-time DVR, chat, photos, and other materials available to fans worldwide at jazz.org/live.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners:
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, SiriusXM, and Steinway & Sons.

Generous support for the 2019-2020 Jazz at Lincoln Center Season is made possible in part by the Arnhold Family, Diana and Joe DiMenna, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ambrose Monell Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Press Inquiries:
Alyssa Bendetson
Assistant Director, Public Relations & External Communications
Jazz at Lincoln Center