Strictly Press release: Media story category: Arts, Music and Culture. Durham Brass Festival presents… Funky Brass: Jazz Warrior plays Durham Brass Festival 2005. Abram Wilson is strongly being tipped as a music legend in the making. His musical methodology of mixing together some of the sharpest traditional and modern day sounds signals his arrival as one of the hottest trumpet players and all round musicians on the scene today. This recognition has been verified by the nomination of Wilson's band for BEST BAND 2005 at this year's BBC RADIO JAZZ AWARDS. (Find out more about Abram Wilson at www.abramwilson.com (part of the official Dune Music website). On Wednesday 6 July the ABRAM WILSON SEXTET will bring its unpredictable sound to this year’s Durham Brass Festival 2005. The group will play an amazing set at The Concert Room, Durham University Music Department, Palace Green (Durham City) as part of the Durham Brass Festival’s Celebrations and Surprises season. The creative components for the show pull together a variety of influences from jazz scat to rap, ballads to hip-hop, reggae to ska and even venturing into the world of soul. The music is quite simply described as fresh and exciting – current jazz. In its fifth and most challenging year, the Durham Brass Festival – a Durham Brass Initiative project - can celebrate a great achievement of bringing together a superb selection of musical talent; musicians who have brought charm, elegance and splendour to an already sizzling brass band music scene. Meet the man behind the music: Abram Wilson, 29, from New Orleans comes from a very musical family. In his early years Abram’s father recognised the true potential of his son’s musical ability and encouraged him to pursue a career in the music industry. Abram comments on what inspires him as a musician. He says: “Music itself inspires me and watching great musicians perform has the same affect. I never forget a great performance - it stays with me forever.” Abram explains the ingredients behind his unique style: “My music will stem from the tradition but will always be current and trend setting by acquiring traits from other genres to enhance, rather than sacrifice, the jazz.” Abram was asked to name his 3 favourite musical icons, he answered:“They change all the time. There are so many important ones, but today, it’s John Coltrane for his dedication to becoming a better musician, Louis Armstrong for his ability to break down barriers, and Miles Davis for his confidence and musical versatility.” During the Durham Brass Festival Abram Wilson leads a series of intensive workshops with brass players and percussionists with the aim of creating a unique Durham Festival sound. Abram envisages the workshops as a chance to pass on his knowledge of the brass tradition he has grown up with. Abram comments: “It’s extremely important for people to both learn and enjoy the elements of different music. These elements serve as a form of cultural communication, and in turn create an environment where people are less intimidated by each other and more willing to reach out and understand each other. “I understand Durham City and its history of brass tradition and I feel during the festival people will be enlightened into accepting and understanding the importance of improvisation and jazz music.” The Abram Wilson Sextet performance marks the second in the series of three concerts entitled Celebrations and Surprises. The series is a part of the 2005 Alive Festival of Music – a year long celebration of music across the North East. The programme introduces visiting musicians from outside the UK to work in Durham City. Celebrations and Surprises highlights the work of musicians and composers from different cultures aiming to bring new audiences, new experiences and new creative collaborations to the Durham Brass Festival. [Celebrations and Surprises is supported by Durham City Council]. Alison Lister, Festivals Co-ordinator for Durham City Arts: “Abram Wilson encapsulates the whole ethos of our celebration of music. The Durham Brass Festival aims to engage audiences with its innovative content and hopefully inspire a whole new generation of music lovers to enjoy the wonders of brass.” On Wednesday 6 July the Abram Wilson Sextet will play The Concert Room at Durham University Music Department, Palace Green (Durham City) the show commences at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £7.00 / concessions - £5 / students - £3 and to purchase your tickets please contact (0191)332 4041. For further information about Durham Brass Festival 2005 please visit www.brassfestival.co.uk or call (0191) 301 8245. ENDS Media Contact: Garry Smith Strictly Press 0191 2892809 firstname.lastname@example.org Notes to Editor: 1). Durham City Arts is the lead member of Durham Brass Initiative - the consortium comprises of: Durham City Arts, Jazzaction, Durham City Council, County Durham Cultural Services, Northern Regional Brass Band Trust, Durham University Music School, Derwentside District Council, District of Easington Council, Chester-le-Street District Council and Sedgefield Borough Council. The arts consortium works to support and promote the playing and appreciation of brass music in the North East of England and beyond. 2). Durham City Arts is the arts development agency for the City of Durham. They initiate arts and cultural projects that reflect local priorities and aim to promote an understanding of, and involvement in, the arts through partnerships, planned activities and grant based schemes. 3). Abram Wilson lists some of the key musicians that inspire him, they include: Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste and Oscar Peterson. 4). To learn more about Abram Wilson please visit www.abramwilson.com (part of the official Dune Music website).