Terence Blanchard, Mon. August 13, 2012


Terence Blanchard
Monday, August 13, 2012
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…the most coolly, expressive trumpet in jazz…” – Vanity Fair

Five-time Grammy award-winner Terence Blanchard has come a long way since his breakout days as the hot young trumpeter featured with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Nowadays, the New Orleans native is as well-known for his composing as he is for his elegant trumpet soloing, and winning praise for scoring films (Red Tails) and Broadway revivals (A Streetcar Named Desire). But, playing jazz is still his first love, and Terence has assembled a first-rate band featuring the talents of Brice Winston, tenor sax; Fabian Almazan, piano; Joshua Crumbly, bass; and Kendrick Scott, drums. His latest CD is Choices (Concord Jazz).

Born and raised in New Orleans, Blanchard still lives in The Big Easy with his family. He started on piano at age five, but switched to trumpet at age eight. However, it wasn’t until his teens, while attending the New Orleans Center for Cultural Arts, that Terence got serious about music. He toured with bandleader Lionel Hampton in the early ’80s. Then, in 1982, he replaced Wynton Marsalis in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In 1986, he left Blakey, along with saxophonist Donald Harrison, to form a long-running group. In 1990, Blanchard embarked on his solo career with the release of his album, Terence Blanchard. A five-time Grammy winner, Blanchard won two Grammy’s in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category as a sideman, one for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in 1984, and the other for McCoy Tyner’s Illuminations in 2005. As a bandleader, he won for A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) in the Large Jazz Ensemble category in 2007. In 2008, he won Best Instrumental Solo for Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival, and again, in 2009, for Jeff Watts’ Dancin’ for Chicken. And he’s not slowing down!

For two decades Blanchard has been very active as a film composer, scoring over forty films, including every Spike Lee film since Jungle Fever. Of special note is his composing for the 2006 HBO Hurricane Katrina documentary, When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts. Blanchard’s mother lost her home in the disaster. Blanchard has also been active in teaching and advocating for jazz. For ten years he served as artistic director for the Thelonious Monk Institute and is now artistic director for the Henry Mancini Institute. Despite the accolades and achievements, when interviewed by DownBeat magazine Blanchard revealed what he loves doing most: “Writing for film is fun, but nothing can beat being a jazz musician, playing clubs, and playing concerts.”

Terence Blanchard

DATE: Monday, August 13, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door; No Jazztix or Comps;  9:00 PM show: ½ PRICE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227 

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