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The Terence Blanchard Quintent LIVE at Birdland!!

January 14, 2013

tblanchTerence Blanchard is best known for scoring Spike Lee’s biggest films and now Broadway shows such as, The Motherf*cker with the Hat and The revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. And on January 20, 2012 the motion picture Red Tails was released nationwide in the United States. Blanchard served as the composer of the original score, marking the first time he has worked with executive producer George Lucas.

On February 10, 2008, Blanchard won his first Grammy Award as a bandleader for A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) in the category of Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. His two other Grammy Awards were as a sideman for Art Blakey (1984) and McCoy Tyner (2004).

In 2007, the Monterey Jazz Festival named Blanchard Artist-In-Residence, citing him as “one his generation’s most artistically mature and innovative artists and a committed supporter of jazz education.” The Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Band featuring Blanchard on trumpet will made a 54-date, 10-week tour of the United States from January 8, 2008 to March 16, 2008. Rounding out the band was saxophonist James Moody, pianist Benny Green, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Kendrick Scott. The special ensemble also featured jazz singer Nnenna Freelon.

In December 2007, the Terence Blanchard Quintet performed the movie music of Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard with an orchestra and singers Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, and Raul Midón at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

In November 2008 he was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion program on BBC Radio 3. This week, along with his quintet, Mr. Blanchard will be pleased to entertain you at the Jazz Corner of the World, Birdland for 10 fabulous sets. This should be a hot one!

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