Ambrose Akinmusire (ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee) (born May 1, 1982 in Oakland, California) is a jazz trumpeter.

In 2007 Akinmusire was the winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, two of the most prestigious jazz competitions in the world.



Akinmusire was born and raised in Oakland, California. Before he was eighteen, Ambrose had already performed with such famed musicians as saxophonists Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, Steve Coleman, and drummer Billy Higgins. After graduating from Berkeley High School in 2000, he moved to New York to begin a full scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Vincent Pinzerella from the New York Philharmonic, Dick Oatts, Lew Soloff, and Laurie Frink,[1] and obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in 2005.[2] Ambrose is a 2007 graduate of the Masters program at University of Southern California, and also the Monk Institute of Jazz, Ambrose’s instructors include Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs and Gary Grant. In the past year, he has worked with such artists as saxophonist Jimmy Heath, pianist Jason Moran, trombonist Hal Crook, Bob Hurst, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, double bassist Ron Carter, trumpeter Wallace Roney, pianist Herbie Hancock and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

In 2007 Akinmusire won two of the most prestigious jazz competitions in the world, the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition (the panel of judges included trumpeters Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Terence Blanchard, Hugh Masekela, Clark Terry and Roy Hargrove following the semi-finals of the competition that was held at Schoenberg Hall on the University of California, Los Angeles Campus)[3] and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition (International Trumpet Guild (ITG) and the Herb Alpert Foundation sponsor this bi-annual event, held at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona).

Selective discographyEdit

As LeaderEdit

Year Artist Title Genre Label
2007 Ambrose Akinmusire Prelude ... to Cora Jazz Fresh Sound New Talent

As SidemanEdit

Year Artist Title Genre Label
2001 Steve Coleman Resistance Is Futile Jazz Label Bleu
2002 Aaron Parks Shadows Jazz KeynoteRecords
2003 Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd In What Language? Jazz Pi Recordings
2006 Walter Smith III Casually Introducing Jazz New Talent Spain
2007 Alan Pasqua Anti Social Club Jazz Cryptogramophon
2007 Sara Gazarek Return to You Jazz Native Language
2007 Josh Roseman New Constellations: Live in Vienna (Live) Jazz Accurate Records
2008 John Escreet Consequences Jazz Posi-Tone
2008 Esperanza Spalding Esperanza Jazz Heads Up
2009 Le Boeuf Brothers House Without A Door Jazz lbjazz


External linksEdit

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