omar abdulkarim

“the essence of what jazz is.” – Jazz Police


Omar Abdulkarim has been playing the trumpet since he was fourteen months old. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Omar has shared the stage with Roy Hargrove, Redman, Method Man, KRS-ONE and Talib Kweli. He has also performed with Nicholas Payton’s Television Studio Orchestra and Valerie Ponomarev’s Big Band.

Omar’s versatility extends beyond live performances. He has written and recorded music with Lauryn Hill and Jose James. His influences include Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, John Coltrane and Lee Morgan.

Omar lived in New York for eleven years, where he completed his studies and honed his craft. He then moved back to Minnesota, where he is composing new music for his upcoming album. He performs with Source Code and the Minnesota Hard Bop Collective.

Omar’s journey reflects a dedication to his art. He continually expands his musical horizons and collaborates with a diverse range of artists. His rich experiences and influences have shaped him into a dynamic and innovative trumpet player. He makes significant contributions to both the jazz and contemporary music scenes.

Omar Abdulkarim, trumpet/flugelhorn
Kevin Washington, drums
Kavyesh Kaviraj, piano
Ted Olsen, bass
Laeton Olaleye, saxophone

With Guests:
Jennifer Grimm, vocals
MMYYKK, instruments

Recommended for Fans of Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Woody Shaw and Terence Blanchard.

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