Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard

Festival Preview: London Jazz Festival 2015

As always, the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015 draws together the most concentrated and focused selection of improvised music in the capital over the course of 10 days. There remains a commitment to bringing over some international big hitters, including some legends of the music, and placing them alongside rising young stars or homegrown talent, sometimes as part of judiciously selected double bills. Whilst some of the artist selections sometimes feel predictable, the fringes of the festival serve to highlight the extraordinary quality of thrilling live improvised music that can be heard across London pretty much every week, often bringing it to a deservedly wider audience.

Terence Blanchard announces Breathless album |The Jazz Line

Titled ‘Breathless,’ the album will see Blanchard and his new The E-Collective quintet explore new ground in a fusion album that’s “teeming with funk, R&B, and blues” according to a press release.

“My latest album, Breathless, is my attempt to underscore the three words: ‘I Can’t Breathe,’” 53-year-old Blanchard said in a statement. “This is our E-Collective version of a protest album, without the firebrand lyrics of Phil Ochs, but in mood and purpose.”

By David La Rosa

Motown to meet the Big Easy in 3-day DSO festival in June

Detroit and New Orleans, two gritty cities defined by their landmark contributions to American musical culture and recent struggles with natural and economic disasters, will come together in a three-day festival June 2-4 under the umbrella of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The centerpiece of A Musical Tale of Two Cities: Motown Meets the Big Easy will be a performance of Terence Blanchard’s “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina)” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The concert will find the New Orleans-born jazz trumpeter and composer performing with his quintet and the DSO, led by music director Leonard Slatkin.

 

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Terence Blanchard announces new Blue Note album

Multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard’s takes a new direction on his Blue Note Records release titled Breathless. Along with his new group called the E-Collective and special guests P.J. Morton, JRei Oliver and Dr. Cornel West, Blanchard is groovin’ high and low on insightful new material and covers that delve into exciting zones of grooved fusion brimming with rhythm and blues rock, jazz and funk.

By Paula Edelstein

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NPower Jazz Dallas Benefit Concert Building Tech Careers for U.S. Veterans

NPower, 7-Eleven, PepsiCo and the Greater North Texas Tech Community are proud to present Jazz Dallas. This benefit concert on Tuesday, April 7, will bring together a community of business leaders committed to improving the lives of our Dallas veterans. The event promises to be a powerful evening celebrating NPower’s impact, acknowledging the outstanding support of its partners, and featuring the first public performance in Dallas by Grammy award–winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Support veterans by purchasing tickets to the NPower Jazz Dallas benefit!

NPower Jazz Dallas is a great opportunity to contribute to the expansion of NPower’s programs in the greater Dallas area. There are more than 30,000 new U.S. Armed Forces veterans entering the job market each year. Nearly 1,400 veterans in the greater Dallas area are interested in benefiting from NPower’s free IT training program (Technology Service Corps), yet the current program only has capacity to serve about 100 veterans annually. This talent pool coupled with the demand for bright, disciplined people with a high tech skill set is a tremendous source for building new career opportunities.By joining us at the fundraising concert, you are giving back to our veterans who have given so much to our country.

New Orleans composer Terence Blanchard adds another film to his resume

The latest movie score by New Orleans composer, trumpeter and Grammy-winning recording artist Terence Blanchard graces the drama “Black or White.”

Opening Friday, the New Orleans-filmed “Black or White” stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. The two Oscar winners play maternal and paternal grandparents engaged in a custody fight for their granddaughter.

Read More At The Advocate – New Orleans composer Terence Blanchard adds another film to his resume