Sunday, June 10, 2012

Headed for a new life in the stars


Truly shocking news has come of the death from cancer of Arkansas born, New Orleans educated and London domiciled trumpeter, educator and composer Abram Wilson, seen above, at the age of just 39. I came into contact with Abram through our shared passion for the music of Philippa Schuyler. Last October I wrote here about Abram's critically acclaimed jazz suite Philippa and he had recently received an Arts Council grant to develop this project into a theatrical production. Only recently Abram had discussed with me researching scores of Philippa's compositions held at Syracuse University as well as other documents held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. What a loss..... Here is the statement from Abram's website.
It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that yesterday afternoon Abram left this earth for a new life in the stars. It was where he was always aiming and where he now belongs. He was an inspiring and wonderful man, one of the world's best jazz trumpeters and a gifted educator and composer. He has touched so many people's lives with his "warmth, passion, virtuosity and soul" and will want to be remembered as such.
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