Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard’s opera “Champion,” the tragedy of a boxer who can’t be himself, NOLA.com

When New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard heard his name announced as a winner of the first of his four Grammy Awards, he turned to his wife and kissed her.  Such an ordinary thing. It’s what people who have won an ultimate success in their chosen fields are expected to do when they hear their name announced: turn to those they love for a congratulatory smooch.  Read More

New Orleans, “the Opera Capital of North America”, Where Magazine

Dressed in all black with yellow-rimmed glasses, Terence Blanchard looks every bit the jazz great he is, speaking to an intimate crowd gathered at the Loews New Orleans hotel. The multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer, who graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts before touring with such legends as Lionel Hampton and Art Blakey, is perhaps best known for his many movie scores (from 1991’s “Jungle Fever” to 2016’s “The Comedian”). But it’s the National Opera Conference he’s returned to his hometown to address. Read More