It is my understanding that on 9th June 2012 the jazz musician from New Orleans, Mr Abram Wilson died. He died of cancer.
Abram was known to me. He was a black academic who decided to follow his dreams as a professional musician. His instrument was the trumpet.
What I liked about Abram as a musician and academic is that he gave 100%. When I knew him, he was working closely with Gary Crosby and his wife Janine at the Dune record label.
Being passionate about music Abram actively encouraged a lot of young men to play an instrument rather than waste time on the streets. He worked with Soweto Kinch and Jason Yarde both heavyweights in jazz.
I truly thought that Abram would follow in the footsteps of Wynton Marsalis; they were on the same wavelength!
I do feel compelled to write this blog about Abram because I am very surprised that his death has not hit the mainstream news. A press release has been done, but I do feel the death of such an exceptionally talented black male has gone unnoticed.
His family may have asked for their privacy to be respected at what must be a difficult time for them.
Even the summary of Abrams's life in Wikipedia is lacking, because I did look into his background many years ago. That's how I realised that he was an exceptional man.
Sadly I can not help feeling that if my friend was a thug or a rioter he may have had more press coverage.
May the soul of Abram Wilson rest in peace and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.