Berklee has named world-renowned trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and Blue Note recording artist Terence Blanchard as a visiting scholar in the Jazz Composition Department beginning in the fall of 2015. Blanchard will also work in the Film Scoring and Brass departments, and for the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
As a leader, trumpeter Terence Blanchard has been an important mainstay on the jazz circuit since the ‘80s, recording dozens of albums either with fellow New Orleans artist Donald Harrison or on his own with his own bands (which often serve as a farm system for future greats like his mentor Art Blakey who brought him up in his Jazz Messengers). Add to that the numerous soundtracks he’s recorded over the years (significantly with director Spike Lee) as well as an opera (2013’s Champion: An Opera in Jazz. While Blanchard has traversed many paths musically, there had been one zone in which he had not traveled: electric jazz fusion.
By Dan Ouellete
The Grammy-winning trumpeter will play at Disney Hall this week and the Playboy Jazz Festival in June.
By Craig Byrd
What happens when a top-tier jazz trumpeter and composer with more than 50 soundtracks of musical storytelling experience is inspired by the “I Can’t Breathe” campaign? Throw in influences from soul, pop and funk and you’ve got Terence Blanchard’s upcoming album “Breathless.”
By Claire Dickson
As a high school student riding the streetcar to Loyola University’s summer music camp,Terence Blanchard dreamed of one day living in a mansion along St. Charles Avenue. Thanks to his success as a jazz trumpeter and prolific composer of dozens of film scores, he realized that dream in 2007.
By Keith Spera
Terence Blanchard set a golden laptop center stage at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Saturday (May 2). Like a tribal fetish in an African ritual, it provided an appropriate centerpiece for an unbuttoned, electric, utterly raw, and remarkably beautiful performance from the New Orleans composer and trumpet virtuoso.
By Chris Waddington