Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is one of the rising stars of jazz.The man from Oakland, in the San Francisco Bay Area, has, since hisvery first note, approached the trumpet in a highly original way.For him it is movement that is the key element in his playing. TheAmerican is also a gifted and highly original composer. Akinmusirewas taught by Terence Blanchard and Billy Childs, among others, andas a professional musician he used to play with people like JoeHenderson, Steve Coleman and Joshua Redman. In 2007, he won theThelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The trumpeterplayed on albums by Esperanza Spalding and Steve Coleman forexample, and released his solo CD Prelude to Cora in 2007.