Terence Blanchard, the superb New Orleans-raised jazz trumpeter and film composer, gave this album its title as a reminder of the last words of black New Yorker Eric Garner (“I can’t breathe”) in an NYPD officer’s chokehold.
By John Fordham
New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard will sit in with The Roots during “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday (June 1). Tonight’s other guests include comedic actress Melissa McCarthy and British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, one of the 2015 New Orleans Jazz Fest’s Gentilly Stage headliners.
By Keith Spera
Detroit is known for its diverse musical roots, particularly with Motown and jazz. Likewise New Orleans is known as the city that birthed jazz and legendary figures like Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton. So what happens when you bring these two jazz cities together?
Terence Blanchard and New Orleans have long been inseparable. Born and raised in the city, Blanchard returned there to live in 1995, and even after building an A-list career in jazz as a trumpeter, bandleader and composer in forms as diverse as film scores and opera, his cultural ties to the Crescent City remain as strong as new rope.
By Mark Stryker
The sounds of jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard have provided the sonic backdrop to nearly thirty years of American cinema.
By Melissa Harris-Perry
One of the deans of contemporary jazz, this trumpeter has been heard on numerous soundtracks for the films of Spike Lee as well as his own recordings, which have reliably showcased a keen ear for young talent.
By Chris Barton