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“DSO Paradise Jazz Series is WORTHY!” -Trip Advisor

“The entire history of jazz came into clear view and the universe exploded.”
Detroit Free Press
“On the music from Porgy And Bess, he blew the polar vortex out of town”
I Dig Jazz

DSO Erb Jazz Chair Terence Blanchard has just announced details of the 2016-17 season, a compilation of six one-night-only appearances featuring some of the biggest names in jazz. Highlights include:

  • Legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea and his trio featuring drummer Brian Bladeand bassist Eddie Gomez
  • Detroit-natives vocalist Dianne Reeves and saxophonist James Carter and his Organ Trio
  • NEA Jazz Master and Tony Award Nominee Branford Marsalis with special guest vocalist Kurt Elling
  • Two extremely talented Cuban-born musicians – world-renowned percussion masterPedrito Martinez and Terence’s pianist Fabian Almazan who will join forces with a DSO String Quartet.

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The Paradise Jazz Series is sponsored MGM Grand Detroit.

Friday, October 7, 2016 @ 7pm

Chick Corea Trio


Former DSO Erb Jazz Chair and NEA Jazz Master Chick Corea has been at the forefront of jazz—both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever, the Elektric Band, and the electro/acoustic Vigil. 

Now, Corea returns to Orchestra Hall with his trio featuring drummer Brian Blade and bassist Eddie Gomez to perform music from his Grammy-winning recording Trilogy. Hear reinventions of classic Corea compositions and previously unrecorded originals to an array of jazz standards.

Thursday, December 1, 2016 @ 8pm

Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves is one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world today. She rings in the holiday season with music from her celebrated album, Christmas Time Is Here. Reeves melds her timeless grace, elegance, and charisma into unforgettable jazz renditions of holiday favorites such as “Carol of the Bells,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and many more. Renowned for her breathtaking virtuosity and improvisational prowess, Reeves will warm your heart with holiday cheer. She will be joined by pianist Peter Martin, bassist Reginald Veal, guitarist Romero Lubambo and drummer Terreon Gully.

Friday, February 17, 2017@ 8pm

Joe Lovano + Brian Blade

Double Feature:

1. Give the drummer some! The multi-talented young veteran Brian Blade has played alongside such musical luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Seal. “I don’t think there’s another drummer in jazz who plays with as refined a touch, dynamics and prismatic color as Blade does,” opined Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press. Blade makes his Paradise Jazz Series debut as a band leader.

2. Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history,” saxophone giant Joe Lovano has distinguished himself for some three decades as a prescient and path-finding force in the arena of creative music. An active proponent of straight-ahead jazz, notably collaborating with Hank Jones ten years ago, Lovano will explore the rich history of mainstream jazz with his Classic Quartet.

Friday, April , 2017 @ 8pm

James Carter Organ Trio


“A roaring virtuoso, saxophone scholar, and a showman,” according to Rolling Stone Magazine, Detroit-native James Carter is a powerhouse musician and one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, garnering critical acclaim for his role in helping to propel jazz full tilt into the future over the past 25 years. Carter will be joined by Detroit’s own Gerard Gibbs on piano and Alex White on drums.

Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 8pm

Branford Marsalis w/Kurt Elling

Tony Award nominee, and the eldest son in the “first family of jazz,” Branford Marsalis returns to the Orchestra Hall stage along with his top-notch quartet and special guest Grammy-winning vocalist Kurt Elling in a singular collaboration of musical forces. Elling’s deep jazz vocabulary, technical versatility, and outstanding intonation will enable the band to perform a variety of material in new ways. 

 Friday, June 23 @ 8pm

Almazan & Martinez

 World-renowned Cuban Percussion Master Pedrito Martinez and his Peruvian, Venezuelan and Cuban bandmates comprise a one-of-a-kind Afro-Cuban ensemble whose shows have ignited a fan base which includes Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Wynton Marsalis and Derek Trucks. Martinez is the the world’s first-call rumbero—playing, singing and dancing with dozens of groups and on more than 100 recordings.

Cuban-born, New York-based pianist and composer Fabian Almazanbrings to the bill Alcanza, his new multi-movement suite featuring his ensemble and a DSO String Quartet. “Once people really hear what he’s about and what he’s doing, they’re [going to] be enriched,” says Terence Blanchard. Almazan has held the piano chair for Blanchard’s band since 2007.








Terence Blanchard is honored to be serving All-In, a yearlong residency that includes collaborations, a headlining appearance, and a mentorship role to young D.C. public school students.



Thursday, January 12, 2017- January 15, 2017

 It’s 1936 in Flint, Michigan, and 10-year-old Bud is sure about two things: he wants to find his father, and he is not called Buddy. Unfortunately, while his mother made his name crystal clear, the whereabouts of his dad are a little unsure. The only clue she left behind is a flyer advertising Herman E. Calloway and his band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. With this and his trusty suitcase in tow, Bud sets off on an epic journey of discovery, set to the soulful sounds of jazz.

Adapted by Obie Award winner Kirsten Greenidge from Christopher Paul Curtis’s cherished book, this touching tale is set to original music by world-renowned jazz artist Terence Blanchard, played on stage by a large jazz ensemble conducted by Terence. Don’t miss this world premiere that is part radio play, part jazz concert, and all heart. Most enjoyed by age 9 and up. All patrons, regardless of age must have a ticket, Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.

Eisenhower Theater

Tickets: $20-$50. Run Time: 90 minutes

 Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Saturday, March 18, 2017   
                                                                                                                               Opera House – Buy Tickets 

 “I kill a man and the world forgives me. I love a man and the world wants to kill me.” The story of Emile Griffith–the closeted gay welterweigunspecifiedht boxer whose knockout of a homophobic rival led to unexpected tragedy–comes roaring to the stage in this riveting and haunting opera. Through flashback, an aging Emile reflects on his tumultuous life, from his Caribbean upbringing and conflicted sexuality to his meteoric rise in the ring and ensuing decline in health. Battling years of guilt, regret, and denial, he now faces his greatest fight: to come to terms with his true self.

Five-time Grammy-winning jazz powerhouse Terence Blanchard, whose music ranges from film to Broadway to the concert hall, has composed a soulful, groundbreaking score filled with jazz-inflected vocals, bluesy harmonies, and Afro-Caribbean beats. Mixing bold characterizations with visually stunning multimedia and a jazz trio within the orchestra,


Champion blew critics away when it premiered in 2013. The New York Times said the opera “strikes a resonant chord,” while the Chicago Tribune called it “a new work of quality and staying power.”

I’m seeing a lot of wonderful African American singers at WNO…I love it. I have to go sing for Washington.
–Aubrey Allicock (Opera News)


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Emile Griffith: Arthur Woodley
Young Emile: Aubrey Allicock
Emelda Griffith: Denyce Graves
Benny Paret: Victor Ryan Robertson
Howie Albert: Robert Orth
Kathy Hagan: Meredith Arwady

Director: James Robinson
                                                                      Fight Master: Joe Isenberg


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Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.

Champion Photo Credit: Ken Howard

“Terence Blanchard’s Opera is a new American Masterpiece.”The Denver Post
“Visually a Treat”
New York Times
“Champion may be the single most important world première in the 38-year history of Opera Theatre of St. Louis.”
St.Louis Post-Dispatch
“A new work of quality and staying power, one that deserves to be taken up by other opera producers far and wide.”
Chicago Tribune

Champion In the News

Opera Parallele Announces 2015-16 Season

A Deadly Night in the Boxing Ring Is Grist for an Evening at the Opera, NY Times 5/16/12

OTSL announces a new commission for 2013, Stltoday.com 5/16/12

Grammy Award-winning Composer Terence Blanchard And Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright Michael Cristofer To Premiere New Opera At Opera Theatre Of St. Louis, All About Jazz 5/16/12


berkleelogoTerence Blanchard named Visiting Scholar at Berklee College of Music
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.
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32nd Annual Havana Jazz Festival 2016 – December 15-18, 2016 

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. www.midatlanticarts.org



Midnight // Breathless
  1. Midnight // Breathless
  2. Cosmic // Breathless
  3. Ain’t Got Nothin’ But Time ft. PJ Morton // Breathless
  4. Tom N Jerry // Breathless
  5. Talk To Me // Breathless
  6. Samadhi // Breathless
  7. Soldiers // Breathless
  8. Shutting Down ft. PJ Morton // Breathless
  9. Confident Selflessness // Breathless
  10. Breathless // Breathless