Photo credit: Benjamin Amure
One year on and Abram's rhythm section and I returned to Oxford on Friday 5th April to remember the beginning of the Abram Wilson 2012 tour, a celebration of 10 years in the UK.
The evening was a truly special one, filled with the sound of Abram's music and his spirit. The band (Reuben James on piano, Dave Hamblett on drums and Alex Davis on double bass) did him proud and delighted an initimate audience of fans and friends, old and new, including the prolific jazz photographer David Redfern and his long-term partner Suzy Reed.
The winners of the all important raffle were:
Max Mason - signed unedited limited edition CD of Philippa
Steve Smith - signed unedited limited edition CD of Philippa
Joseph Taylor - signed unedited limited edition CD of Philippa
Robert Abbot - one-off, signed, framed photograph of Abram by Edu Hawkins
We raised a nice, tidy sum of just over £300 thanks to the overwhelming support of Max Mason and his team at the Big Bang Restaurant in Oxford and of course the extraordinary photographer Edu Hawkins.
5th May 2013 - You can catch the trio again at Cheltenham Jazz Festival on Sunday 5th May at 3pm in the Parabola Arts Centre where they will be joined by the gorgeous Zara McFarlane. Book tickets HERE.
4th June 2013 - And on Tuesday 4th June at Birmingham's Symphony Hall, where they'll be performing from 5pm in the foyer. This will be our only public event to mark one year since Abram passed on 9th June 2012 and entry will be free.
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend.