About the artist
Terence Blanchard is a world famous trumpeter and composer, highest calibre jazzman. He has composed more than fourty film scores and performed on more than fifty. He’s a movie music composer who often and phenomenally collaborates with Spike Lee. This collaboration is mostly recognized from the titles like: Jungle Fever, Clockers, Summer of Sam, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, 25th Hour, Inside Man, Malcolm X, Chi-Raq or the latest Blackkklansman.
He’s five Times Grammy awarded and multinominated to Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globes and other prestigious awards being the Winner of Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA) – the best score for the 25th Hour.
He began playing piano as a five years-old child, then the trumpet at age eight after hearing Alvin Alcorn. He played trumpet with his childhood friend Wynton Marsalis and during high school, he studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts under Roger Dickerson and Ellis Marsalis Jr.
Blanchard started his career in 1980 as a member of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, then Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers where he was the band’s music director until 1986. Very quickly, because it was 1990 when he left the Jazz Messengers to pursue a solo career. That was a moment he set The Terence Banchard Quintet and invited great young musicians, who raised their own careers thank to this band, for. ex. Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott, Fabian Almazan or Charles Altura.
He has recorded several award-winning albums for Columbia, Sony Classical and Blue Note Records, including: In My Solitude: The Billie Holiday Songbook (1994), Romantic Defiance (1995), The Heart Speaks (1996), Wandering Moon (2000), Let’s Get Lost (2001) and Flow (2005) – produced by pianist Herbie Hancock. Flow album received two Grammy Award nominations. His album Let’s Get Lost featured arrangements of classic songs written by Jimmy McHugh and performed by his quintet with such great vocalists as Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson.
Terence’s comprehensive activity is not limited to playing trumpet or film music composing. He also performes with orchestra, composes and arranges for it. What’s more, since 2000 he’s been an artistic director of Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz as well as being a teacher and mentor to the young talented people.
He’s also composed original music for Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Broadway play The Motherfucker With the Hat, and an incidental music for the famous 2012 Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Furthermore he scored for Red Tails movie of the executive producer George Lucas and he’s the composer of opera, at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for which he’s awarded multiple times. Terence Blanchard is also honored to be a 2018 USA Fellow.
Terence Blanchard has always been a brave and strong voice tackling the most burning social and political problems. Not only by his artistic work but in his speeches or interviews. From his expansive work composing the scores for Spike Lee films ranging from the documentary 4 Little Girls to the epic Malcolm X, as well as his own discography of recordings such as A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies – past and present. With his current quintet E-Collective he addresses the staggering cyclical epidemic of gun violence in this country with his new album Live, 7 powerful songs recorded live in concert that both reflect the bitter frustration of the conscious masses while also providing a balm of emotional healing. With a title that carries a pointed double meaning, the album is an impassioned continuation of the band’s GRAMMY-nominated 2015 studio recording Breathless.