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Terence Blanchard at Christ Church Cranbrook

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Terence Blanchard Quintet Christ Church Cranbrook Bloomfield Hills, Michigan December 23, 2017 The idea of inviting a jazz combo to help ring in the Christmas season isn't new to the folks at Christ Church Cranbrook. The Episcopal congregation in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan has sponsored a Christmas Eve jazz mass for three years running, with bassist Rodney Whitaker's hand-picked band becoming an essential holiday staple for many church members and guests. But this is ...

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2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

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The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival celebrated it's 47th birthday this past spring (April 28-30 and May 4-7, always the last weekend of April and first weekend of May) with the addition of the Cuban Cultural Exchange Pavilion. The Pavilion held Cuban artist demonstrations, Cuban cultural exhibits and the 13th Jazz and Heritage Festival Stage featuring Cuban musicians. Never just a jazz festival, the other 12 stages at the Fair Grounds Race Course presents gospel, blues, jazz, ...

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2017 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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2017 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Playhouse Square Cleveland, Ohio June 22-22, 2017 Although the Newport and Reno festivals have had a longer track record, there are many intriguing connections between the jny: Detroit and Tri-C jazz festivals, both of which are celebrating their 38th birthdays this season. Fostering a strong educational component, both concerns sponsor associated events throughout the year. Furthermore, Tri- C's current director Terri Pontremoli served many years as the artistic director for the ...

Film Scores

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Ah, the cinema. We know so many cliches, certain scenes, and can even quote entire passages of movies. Music in film works the same way. As people who are conditioned through a dominantly visual culture, we tend to remember certain themes alongside certain movie scenes. This subject deserves much more attention! Film composers are often underrated and overlooked, even though they must be versed in all styles of music, from jazz to rock, classical to country. Here are just some ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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).