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Terence Blanchard: Magnetic

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One of today's foremost jazz musicians and composers Terence Blanchard's achievements have soared since his formative days in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers to a trajectory of successful bands, recordings and award winning film scores such as 2007's A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) (Blue Note). He's still pursuing new challenges with the upcoming June 2013 premiere of his first opera-- entitled Champion, “An Opera In Jazz"-- based on the life of world champion boxer Emile Alphonse Griffith. Blanchard's ideas are still thriving in his twentieth release and return to Blue Note with Magnetic--a vibrant ...

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Terence Blanchard: Miles Davis, Four & More

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Terence Blanchard: Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, 30 June 2011 It's Miles Davis Four and More and the reason why it's so special for me [is] because I remember the first time I heard it as a kid. Listening to that live performance blew me way because you know I had been listening to a very different style of trumpet playing and improvisation. Those guys just kept me in a tail spin trying to figure out what they were doing, where they were going and I remember I was trying to get a handle on what ...

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Terence Blanchard: New York, NY, June 21, 2012

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Terence Blanchard The Jazz Standard New York, NY June 21, 2012Terence Blanchard is an important presence in jazz today on a number of levels. He's one of the most accomplished trumpet players around, consistently showing a great command of the instrument, a distinctive voice, and a highly inventive approach to improvisation. The New Orleans native also plays a high-profile role in jazz education; he's served for more than ten years as artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and was recently appointed as the director of the Henry Mancini Institute ...

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Terence Blanchard: Choices

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Trumpeter/band leader/ film scorer Terence Blanchard is the epitome of an artist who's made good choices. One of the distinct voices in the post-Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis era, he has moved from being a young-lion with seminal players such as Donald Harrison in Black Pearl (Columbia, 1988), to delivering progressive projects such as Flow (Blue Note, 2005) and winning multiple Grammy awards for albums including 2007's A Tale Of God's Will (A Requiem For Katrina) (Blue Note). Recorded at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Choices is, surprisingly, his first completed CD made in his hometown ...

Terence Blanchard: Requiem for Katrina

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During a brief period of four years, two events took place that could define how world history will view America during the early part of the 21st century. The first was 9/11 and the other, Hurricane Katrina. But perhaps most surprising from a global point of view, was how powerless America appeared to be in helping its own citizens who were left destitute during the aftermath of Katrina.

How could the United States, the nation who has been there to support others globally in a time of need, appear so uncaring and insensitive towards its very own people? ...

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Terence Blanchard at Tanglewood Jazz Fest: A Requiem for Katrina

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Tanglewood Jazz Festival Tanglewood Lennox, Massachusetts August 31, 2008

Hurricane Gustav was one day away from striking the Gulf Coast, with warnings that it might be worse than the devastating hurricane that struck New Orleans in 2005 as Terence Blanchard took his quintet to the stage at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival on Labor Day weekend 2008 at the storied performance facility in Lenox, Massachusetts. He admitted his heart had been heavy on that night and asked the audience to say a prayer for the people in the Crescent City where he was born ...

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Jazz Goes to the Movies: Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

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The Kimmel Center for the Performing ArtsVerizon HallPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaApril 19, 2008This event, unusual for the Mellon Jazz Series at the Kimmel Center, brought together Terence Blanchard and his quintet, several crossover (jazz and pops) vocalists, and a fine pickup orchestra conducted by Michael Pedicin performing Blanchard's music from eight Spike Lee films, with still slides from the movies prominently projected on an overhead screen. Spike Lee himself spoke at the beginning and end of the concert. Lee's natural, easygoing charisma inspired the musicians throughout this lively, at times even passionate, musical evening. The concert is ...

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Terence Blanchard: A Tale Of God's Will (A Requiem For Katrina)

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Music can be inspired by--and reflective of--world events. Still, many artists believe that music should not be explicitly political: “Not the music itself, thank God," said trumpeter Dave Douglas, in a 2004 AAJ interview. “Music exists in its own space, independent of all of--that's why it has such power to uplift and raise us to a better place." When music takes a big stick approach, it often comes across as too navel-gazing and, ultimately, an overstatement that detracts from the very point it's trying to make.

That's not the case with trumpeter Terence Blanchard's A Tale ...

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Terence Blanchard: A Tale Of God's Will (A Requiem For Katrina)

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Jazz history isn't exactly littered with great albums featuring string orchestras. There have been a few--tenor saxophonist Stan Getz's Focus (Verve, 1961) and British reed player Tim Garland's If The Sea Replied (Sirocco, 2005) are both masterpieces, but precious few others were recorded in the 44 years which separate them. All too often, string orchestras seem either to cramp an improvising musician's style or deliver a truck load of sound and fury signifying very little, or both.

New Orleans' trumpeter Terence Blanchard's A Tale Of God's Will (A Requiem For Katrina) is one of the genre's infrequent successes. ...

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Cole, Blanchard, Bennett in Philly

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A trio of major jazz stars (Richie Cole, Terence Blanchard and Tony Bennett) are brightening up the Philly jazz scene over the next two weeks. CHRIS' JAZZ CAFE September 2 had Richie Cole and his Alto Madness Orchestra with a party gig for his new CD Back On Top. Cole told us, “I always like playing Chris', it's one of my favorite jazz clubs; it's the real deal and that “Philadelphia is a real jazz town where a lot of jazz started. He has toured the world including serving as host of a jazz festival in in Finland for six ...

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Terence Blanchard: Flow

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While some bemoan the fact that there have been no “major" developments in jazz in some time--and go so far as to cite that as proof jazz is dead or, at the very least, dying--they're missing the point. With the seemingly infinite number of sources that are being adopted and adapted into jazz contexts these days, what's really happening is that a multitude of artists--possibly more than ever before, as jazz has grown to be a truly global, albeit distinctly marginalized concern--are moving jazz forward from a variety of angles, and in small increments rather than broad sweeps: jazz as ...

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Terence Blanchard: Flow

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Flow may be Terence Blanchard's most adventurous recording to date, and that's saying a lot for the prolific trumpeter, composer, and bandleader whose career has covered membership with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, producing top jazz recordings, and scoring music for many films. Though he's been highly successful, the inner fire of discovery still burns brightly on his latest release with newness and imagination.

On his second release with Blue Note, things shift into a higher gear, continuing where 2003's Bounce left off. Blanchard chooses a more modern and freer setting with a new band, including the uniquely talented West African ...

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Terence Blanchard: Flow

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Flow is trumpeter Terence Blanchard's first album since Bounce (2003), and it features most of the same players from that album: Brice Winston on tenor and soprano sax, Lionel Loueke on guitar and vocals, and Aaron Parks on piano. This recording includes drummer Kendrick Scott and bassist Derrick Hodge, two new additions to the sextet--and what a difference they make in this group. Blanchard's got an energetic young band with frightening chops and considerable compositional skills (everyone contributes at least one tune), and he's obviously stimulated by the company. The album's produced by Herbie Hancock--this is indeed a “produced" jazz ...

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Dianne Reeves and Terence Blanchard at the Orange County Performing Arts Center

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Founders Hall Orange County Performing Arts Center Costa Mesa, California May 7, 2005

Two leading voices in mainstream jazz turned up last weekend at Founders Hall to delight a packed house with emotions soaring and to communicate with their audience as up-close and personal as the folks who live next door. You'd think that they'd just dropped in to bring you a plate of homemade cookies and to chat for awhile over coffee. Dianne Reeves and Terence Blanchard have that kind of personal effect with an audience. Both enjoy sharing, and both find ...



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