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Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard is an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and film score composer. He is known as a straight-ahead artist in the hard bop tradition but has recently developed an African-fusion style of playing that makes him unique from other trumpeters on the performance circuit.



Terence Blanchard made a name for himself as a top tier jazz trumpeter from New Orleans and who has gone on to enjoy a multifaceted career both in the jazz camp and beyond. He's not only a five-time Grammy Award winner, but he's also a renowned film-score and soundtrack composer.   It is as a film composer that Blanchard reaches his widest audience. His trumpet can be heard on nearly fifty film scores; more than forty bear his unmistakable compositional style.

He has had recent success composing for Broadway (including the score for the world premiere of playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Motherf**ker With a Hat starring Chris Rock and the Emily Mann-directed revival of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prizewinning play A Streetcar Named Desire),in an opera commissioned by Opera St. Louis (a poignant tale of welterweight boxing champion Emile Griffith with librettist Michael Cristofer); in a speaking role as the musical voice of Louis the Alligator in the animated feature The Princess and the Frog; becoming the artistic director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's jazz series; and after serving as the artistic director of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for a decade since 2000, being named in 2011 the artistic director of the Henri Mancini Institute, the program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. In addition, Blanchard serves as the artist in residence at the Detroit Jazz Festival over the Labor Day long weekend in 2012.