TERENCE BLANCHARD HAS just finished telling me about the fried oyster that made him cry when we turn onto Frenchmen Street in The Marigny, right next to the French Quarter. The street is a two-block strip of bars, live jazz clubs, top-notch restaurants and local chains, many specializing in alcohol-sponging midnight fare. Blanchard, a native son and now a world-renowned jazz trumpeter and film composer, loves it here. It’s a place where he still comes to play—in the clubs, and, every now and then, on the street itself.
By Jamil Smith
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, we talk with renowned jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, a Buddhist, about music, meditation, and the “collective vibration of souls” that speaks whenever music brings us together.
Jazz is all around us.
You might have to hunt for it a bit. After all, jazz is rarely as flashy as its younger, louder relatives — rock, pop and hip-hop. But it’s there if you know where to look.
By Jim Harrington
The duty of some artists is to erect lightning rods, works of art that focus and amplify reality in the aftermath of natural or man-made tragedy.
By Doug MacCash
ABC’s “Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm WithRobin Roberts,” which airs Sunday (Aug. 23) at 9:01 p.m. on WGNO-TV, played well on Wednesday (Aug. 19) to a highly invested New Orleans screening audience, many of whom appear in the special. The invited viewers gave it a standing ovation.
By Dave Walker
Professionally, Terence Blanchard has moved on from “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina).” The jazz trumpeter rarely performs material from his Grammy-winning 2007 meditation on the hurricane, preferring to showcase newer works created with other collaborators.
By Keith Spera
Headliners Include the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti, Béla Fleck, Snarky Puppy, Pete Escovedo and Sheila E.; Patti Austin, Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Geri Allen’s Erroll Garner Project, Jaco’s World Conducted by Vince Mendoza, and Many Others.
Multi-Grammy-winning artist Terence Blanchard returns to Seattle’s Jazz Alley for six shows in four nights September 3-6 with a new band and a new sound. The New Orleans trumpeter and composer, with his hot, young, hungry E-Collective — keyboardist Fabian Almazan, guitarist Charles Altura, bassist Donald Ramsey, drummer Oscar Seaton — intends on pressing the social statement and the R&B fusion vibe of their May 26th release, Breathless, on Blue Note Records.
By Carol of Examiner.com
In the restive year since unarmed Michael Brown was shot to death by now-former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, some have evoked Simone’s classic. Others have wondered aloud about when this new civil rights movement, propelled by Black Lives Matter, would find its own song.
By Renee Graham
Trumpeter, bandleader and composer Terence Blanchard took his E-Collective band to give a live performance in front of NPR’s Tiny Desk cameras. The video features Blanchard, Fabian Almazan (piano), Charles Altura, Donald Ramsey (bass) and Oscar Seaton (drums) performing songs from their latest Breathless album.