I'm delighted to announce that Abram's rhythm section will be returning to Oxford, 12 months since they performed together at the Oxford Jazz Festival as part of Abram's quartet in 2012. It will be their first gig together this year. The evening will be in memory of Abram and our first small fundraiser for the Abram Wilson Foundation.
The performance will take place on Friday 5th April at The Big Bang, a restaurant owned by one of the Festival organisers, Max Mason. Entry is £10 per person, and includes a £5 raffle ticket which will be entered into a prize draw on the night.
The prize will be a unique photograph of Abram performing at the Oxford Jazz Festival on 6th April 2012. Featured above, the image was taken by the highly respected music photographer, Edu Hawkins.
Edu has kindly donated the one-off piece, printed using the hand-made process of applying silver leaf to photographic prints. When asked about the image, Edu had this to say:
"Beyond fantastic musicianship, Abram Wilson’s performance at the Oxford Jazz Festival was a demonstration of the depth of his knowledge and appreciation of history, as well as his passion and talent for sharing it with others.
Sometimes the most telling moments in a musical performance are the ones when nothing happens. This image is an example of such an ‘in between’ moment, a visual representation of focus, contemplation, intelligence, integrity and sincerity, a few of the qualities Abram Wilson had to offer, and ones that the work of his Foundation seeks to remind us of."
Max Mason is equally reminiscent:
"Abram Wilson's appearance at the Oxford Jazz Festival was outstanding, a tremendous artist with heart and soul to inspire the next generation and Abram clearly loved doing just that. With this raffle and performance, in our own very small way, we celebrate a life, a talent and the continuation of his work through the Abram Wilson Foundation."
When: Friday 5th April 2013
Where: The Big Bang, 42 Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford, OX1 1AY
Reservations & Dinner: If you would like to reserve a table for dinner please call the restaurant on 01865 249413
Entry: £10 (includes x1 raffle ticket worth £5)
All funds collected from the raffle tickets will go directly to the Abram Wilson Foundation. We hope that some of you will be able to join us to mark this special occasion in remembering an extraordinary musician.
Please note that the prize does not include postage and packaging : )