TONIGHT sees the inspirationally talented, award-winning trumpeter Keyon Harrold play Turner Sims, Southampton, in support of his recent album The Mugician.

A portmanteau of musician and magician, the album’s title is a nod to the nickname that the critically-acclaimed actor and director, Don Cheadle, bestowed upon Keyon for his compositions and performances as the voice of the trumpet in the much celebrated and Grammy Award-winning Miles Davis biopic MilesAhead.

Sweeping and cinematic, Harrold’s music draws on elements of jazz, classical, rock, blues and hip hop to create something uniquely modern and unmistakably American.

Guests on The Mugician include Pharoahe Monch, Big KRIT, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Gary Clark, Jr and Robert Glasper.

The Mugician pushes beyond the traditional boundaries of jazz trumpet.

It is an album that celebrates the importance of family (ten of Keyon’s siblings appear on the record) and the absolute necessity of optimism in the face of darkness and doubt.

A vibrant range of some of America’s best musicians add to the record’s eclectic nature, but ultimately The Mugician triumphs as a unified, cohesive whole, because of Harrold’s virtuosic skills as a trumpeter and songwriter and because of his relentlessly optimistic belief in brighter days to come.