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Terence Blanchard

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Within the post-Wynton Marsalis era, jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard has turned into a most prominent brass player, bandleader, documenting artist, orchestrator of film scores, and leader within the mainstream post-bop community. Delivered on March 13, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Terence Oliver Blanchard was an just kid to parents Wilhelmina and Joseph Oliver Blanchard. He started playing piano by age five, turned to trumpet 3 years later on, and performed alongside child years friend Marsalis in summer time music group camps. During senior high school, he required extracurricular classes at the brand new Orleans Middle for Innovative Arts with Roger Dickerson and Ellis Marsalis. From 1980 to 1982, Blanchard analyzed under Paul Jeffrey and Expenses Fielder at Rutgers University or college in NJ even though touring with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra. In 1982 Blanchard changed Wynton Marsalis under his suggestion in Artwork Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, employed in that music group as much as 1986 as business lead soloist and musical movie director. Then co-led a prominent quintet with saxophonist Donald Harrison, documenting seven albums for the Concord, Columbia, and Proof record brands in five years, including a stirring in-concert tribute towards the Eric Dolphy/Booker Small ensemble. Within the ’90s, Blanchard became a innovator in his personal right, documenting for the Columbia label, carrying out around the soundtracks to Spike Lee’s Perform the proper Thing and Mo’ Better Blues, and composing the music for Lee’s film Jungle Fever. Actually, Blanchard has created the score for each and every Spike Lee film since 1991, including Malcolm X, Clockers, Summer time of Sam, 25th Hour, Inside Guy, as well as the Hurricane Katrina documentary Once the Levees Broke for HBO. With over 40 ratings to his credit, Blanchard and Tag Isham will be the most sought-after jazz music artists to ever create for film. In nov 2000, Blanchard was called artistic director from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in the University or college of Southern California in LA. Maintaining his like of live show and touring, Blanchard also maintains a normal studio room presence, documenting his own first music for the Columbia, Sony Classical, and Blue Take note brands. His albums possess included The Billie Vacation Songbook (1994), Intimate Defiance (1995), THE VERY CENTER Speaks (1996), the acclaimed Wandering Moon (2000), Let’s Obtain Lost (2001), Jump (2003), and specifically Flow (2005), that was made by pianist Herbie Hancock and received two Grammy nominations. Blanchard continues to be nominated for 11 Grammys and it has received four altogether, including honours for NY Picture with Blakey (1984) as well as the soundtrack AN ACCOUNT of God’s Will in 2007. In 2005, Blanchard was section of McCoy Tyner’s ensemble that received the Grammy in the very best Jazz Instrumental Recording category for Illuminations. A quintessential sideman in addition to innovator, he spent some time working with prominent jazz players including Cedar Walton, Abbey Lincoln, Joanne Brackeen, Jay McShann, Ralph Peterson, Ed Thigpen, J.J. Johnson, Toots Thielemans, the Olympia Brass Music group, Stevie Wonder, Expenses Lee, Ray Dark brown, Poncho Sanchez, Dr. Billy Taylor, Dr. John, Lionel Loueke, Jeff W, and many more. Scarecrow Press released his autobiography, Modern Cat. By Apr of 2007, the Monk Institute announced its Dedication to New Orleans effort, including the relocation of this program towards the campus of Loyola University or college in New Orleans, spearheaded by Blanchard. During 2007, the Monterey Jazz Event called Blanchard Artist-in-Residence, as well as the event created a 50th Wedding anniversary All-Stars ensemble offering trumpeter Wayne Moody, Benny Green, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, and Nnenna Freelon. In 2008, Blanchard helped rating the strike film Cadillac Information. Putting your signature on with Concord Jazz in ’09 2009, he released Options — recorded in the Ogden Museum of Artwork in Blanchard’s hometown of New Orleans — by the end of that summer time. In 2011, he paid tribute towards the innovative Afro-Cuban recordings of Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo by teaming up with Latin jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez for the studio room album Chano con Dizzy! In 2012, Blanchard came back to his film function by credit scoring the soundtrack to movie director George Lucas’ WWII actions/drama Crimson Tails. The trumpeter came back towards the Don Was-helmed Blue Take note in 2012. His initial providing for the label was Magnetic, an record that showcased a fresh quintet and visitor performances by Ron Carter and labelmates Lionel Loueke and Ravi Coltrane. In 2015, Blanchard implemented up once more on Blue Take note with the electric powered fusion and R&B-infused Breathless. Featuring support from Blanchard’s music group the E-Collective, Breathless also included efforts from vocalist PJ Morton.

Quick Facts


Full Name Terence Blanchard
Profession Actor, Trumpeter, Music Arranger, Film Score Composer, Bandleader
Education Rutgers University, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
Nationality American
Spouse Robin Burgess
Parents Joseph Oliver Blanchard, Wilhelmina Blanchard
Awards Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Score, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Score
Music Groups The Jazz Messengers
Music Songs Compared to What, Harlem Blues, I Ain’t Got Nothin’ but Time, Levees, See Me as I Am, Wandering Wonder, Tom & Jerry, Cosmic Warrior, Sing Soweto, Samadhi, Everglades, Confident Selflessness, Groovin' High, In Time of Need, Siboney, Funeral Dirge, Ghost of Congo Square, Benny's Tune, Funeral Song, Wading Through, New York Second Line, Over There, Harvesting Dance, Harris' Walk, Wadagbe, Mo' Better Blues, Chinatown: Love Theme, Footprints, Ma Belle Evangeline, 25th Hour Finale, Open title, Fu Montage
Albums A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), Jazz in Film, = Chano Y Dizzy!, Breathless, Let's Get Lost, Inside Man, Flow, 25th Hour, In My Solitude: The Billie Holiday Songbook, Bounce, The Heart Speaks, Romantic Defiance, Choices, The Comedian (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Red Tails, Black Or White (Music From The Motion Picture), She Hate Me, Simply Stated, The Caveman's Valentine, New Orleans Jazz Preservation, Miracle At St. Anna Original Soundtrack, Terence Blanchard, Prelude
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Soul Train Music Award for Best Traditional Jazz Performance, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album, Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album, Satellite Award for Best Original Score, Silver Osella for Best Original Music, World Soundtrack Award for Soundtrack Composer of the Year
Movies Mo' Better Blues, Inside Man, 25th Hour, Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, Clockers, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Miracle at St. Anna, Original Sin, She Hate Me, Bamboozled, Crooklyn, Summer of Sam, Cadillac Records, Eve's Bayou, Next Friday, Red Tails, The Caveman's Valentine, Gia, Get on the Bus, People I Know, Chi-Raq, Glitter, 4 Little Girls, Barbershop, Sugar Hill, Bunraku, 'Til There Was You, Trial by Jury, Waist Deep, Talk to Me, Black or White, Love & Basketball, Dark Blue, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Jim Brown: All-American, Sucker Free City, All the Invisible Children, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years, Just Wright, Abducted: The Carlina White Story, A Saintly Switch, The Truth About Jane, Bojangles, The Key Man, The Comedian, Jesus Children of America, Drum, Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker, Heartless, A Girl Thing


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#Fact
1 Along with Awadagin Pratt, Blanchard performed the piano for the Samuel L. Jackson character in "The Caveman's Valentine" (2000).
2 Performed trumpet for the Denzel Washington character in Mo' Better Blues (1990) and for the Val Kilmer character in The Salton Sea (2002).
3 Attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Comedian 2016 completed
Chi-Raq 2015 music score
Katrina 10 Years After the Storm with Robin Roberts 2015 TV Movie
Black or White 2014
Abducted: The Carlina White Story 2012 TV Movie
Red Tails 2012
Gun Hill 2011 TV Movie
Bunraku 2010
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode
Cadillac Records 2008
Miracle at St. Anna 2008
Steep 2007/II Short
Talk to Me 2007
Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? 2006 Documentary
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary 2 episodes
Waist Deep 2006
Inside Man 2006
Independent Lens 2006 TV Series documentary 1 episode
All the Invisible Children 2005 segment "Jesus Children of America"
Jesus Children of America 2005 Short
Heartless 2005/I TV Movie
Their Eyes Were Watching God 2005 TV Movie
Sucker Free City 2004 TV Movie
She Hate Me 2004
Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power 2004 Documentary
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story 2004 TV Movie
25th Hour 2002
Dark Blue 2002
People I Know 2002
Barbershop 2002
Jim Brown: All American 2002 TV Movie documentary
Glitter 2001
Original Sin 2001
Bojangles 2001 TV Movie music by
A Girl Thing 2001 TV Movie
The Caveman's Valentine 2001
Bamboozled 2000
The Truth About Jane 2000 TV Movie
Navigating the Heart 2000 TV Movie
Love & Basketball 2000
Next Friday 2000
Summer of Sam 1999
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years 1999 TV Movie
A Saintly Switch 1999 TV Movie
The Tempest 1998 TV Movie
Free of Eden 1998 TV Movie
The Color of Courage 1998 TV Movie
Gia 1998 TV Movie
Eve's Bayou 1997
4 Little Girls 1997 Documentary
'Til There Was You 1997
Get on the Bus 1996
Clockers 1995
The Promised Land 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary
Trial by Jury 1994
Crooklyn 1994
The Inkwell 1994
Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker 1994 TV Movie
Sugar Hill 1993
Malcolm X 1992
Jungle Fever 1991

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Abducted: The Carlina White Story 2012 TV Movie music by
Red Tails 2012 orchestrator / synth programmer
The Princess and the Frog 2009 musician: Louis' trumpet playing
Cadillac Records 2008 conductor / musician: trumpet, piano and synths / orchestrator
Miracle at St. Anna 2008 conductor / orchestrator
Talk to Me 2007 conductor / musician: trumpet, keyboards and piano / orchestrator
Inside Man 2006 conductor / musician: trumpet / orchestrator
She Hate Me 2004 conductor / orchestrator
Dark Blue 2002 orchestrator
People I Know 2002 conductor - uncredited / orchestrator - uncredited
Barbershop 2002 conductor / musician: Hammond B3
Jim Brown: All American 2002 TV Movie documentary conductor / musician: trumpet and B3 hammond organ
The Salton Sea 2002 musician: trumpet solo
Original Sin 2001 conductor / orchestrator
The Caveman's Valentine 2001 conductor / orchestrator / performer: 'Romulus' piano compositions
Bamboozled 2000 conductor: score / musician: trumpet, New York Jazz Ensemble
Love & Basketball 2000 conductor / orchestrator
Next Friday 2000 conductor
Random Hearts 1999 musician: trumpet
Summer of Sam 1999 conductor: score / musician: trumpet solos
4 Little Girls 1997 Documentary conductor: score / musician: trumpet / score producer
Get on the Bus 1996 conductor / score producer
Soul of the Game 1996 TV Movie composer: special music
Primal Fear 1996 musician: horn solos
Crooklyn 1994 conductor
Backbeat 1994 musician
Malcolm X 1992 conductor: Malcolm X Orchestra / musician: trumpet, leader, Big Band / orchestrator - uncredited
HouseSitter 1992 musician
Mo' Better Blues 1990 composer: special music - uncredited
Do the Right Thing 1989 musician: trumpet, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
School Daze 1988 musician

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Princess and the Frog 2009 performer: "When We're Human"
Miracle at St. Anna 2008 arranger: "He's Got The Whole World In His Hand"
Talk to Me 2007 performer: "Compared to What" / producer: "Compared to What"
Inside Man 2006 arranger: "Chaiyya Chaiyya - Bollywood Joint", "Chaiyya Chaiyya"
She Hate Me 2004 arranger: "Adam 'n' Eve 'n' Eve"
25th Hour 2002 arranger: "The Fuse"
The Salton Sea 2002 performer: "Saeta"
Gia 1998 TV Movie arranger: "Young At Heart" / writer: "Will She Stay?"
Jungle Fever 1991 arranger: "Behold the Star"
Mo' Better Blues 1990 performer: "Harlem Blues", "Say Hey", "Knocked Out The Box", "Again, Never", "Mo'Better Blues", "Pop Top 40", "Beneath The Underdog" / writer: "Harlem Blues", "Say Hey", "Knocked Out The Box", "Again, Never", "Mo'Better Blues", "Pop Top 40", "Beneath The Underdog"
School Daze 1988 performer: "One Little Acorn"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Just Wright 2010 Jazz Musician
A Girl Thing 2001 TV Movie Terence Blanchard
Malcolm X 1992 Billie Holiday Quartet - Trumpet

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mo' Better Blues 1990 technical consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jungle Fever 1991 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
King Cake: A Big Easy Story 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Marty and Elayne: Stayin' Alive at the Dresden Documentary filming Himself - Musician
Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity 2017 Documentary Himself
Jazz at the White House 2016 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music 2016 TV Movie Himself
38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2015 TV Special Himself - Performer
Tavis Smiley 2009-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Katrina 10 Years After the Storm with Robin Roberts 2015 TV Movie Himself
Jazz for Japan 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
America's Blues 2015 Documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest Musician
International Jazz Day 2015 Himself
Jazz and the Philharmonic 2014 TV Movie Himself
Treme 2010-2013 TV Series Himself
International Jazz Day: Live in Istanbul 2013 Video Himself
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1994-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest Musician / Himself
Icons Among Us 2009 Documentary
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Performer
Lights! Action! Music! 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Music Makers 2005 TV Series documentary
Rendezvous in New York 2004 Video documentary Himself
Evening at Pops 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Swing Into Christmas 1995 TV Special Himself - Performer
25th NAACP Image Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Performer

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 Classic Contribution Award BMI Film & TV Awards
2008 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Score Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
2003 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Score 25th Hour (2002)
2002 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Score 25th Hour (2002)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Score Chi-Raq (2015)
2015 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Score Black or White (2014)
2013 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Original Score Red Tails (2012)
2007 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Original Score Inside Man (2006)
2007 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Long Form Music Video · Jim Gabour (director/producer)
· Robin Burgess (producer)
2005 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Original Score She Hate Me (2004)
2003 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Score - Motion Picture 25th Hour (2002)
2003 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Original Score 25th Hour (2002)
2003 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Awards Soundtrack Composer of the Year 25th Hour (2002)


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1 [on 'Champion' his jazz opera about gay boxer Emile Griffith] I was just compelled by the whole notion of a person who could be that accomplished and not really share the moment of winning the championship with somebody that he loved. It speaks volumes of where we are as a society and how we need to really check ourselves, especially those of us who call ourselves compassionate human beings. It is a compelling story and hopefully we'll start to engage in a more in-depth conversation about being universally tolerant in this country.


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