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  • Terence Blanchard (2012)

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    Trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard was born in New Orleans—where he still lives, in the Garden District. He came onto the music scene in the early 1980s, originally with Lionel Hampton's band. Then, fellow trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Terence's friend since childhood, recommended him to Wynton's old boss, Art Blakey, and Terence joined the Jazz Messengers.

    In the late 1980s Terence co-led a very successful group with fellow New Orleanean, saxophonist Donald Harrison jr, before going solo in 1990.

    Although Terence is an excellent straight-ahead, modern player, it is really as a film composer that he has distinguished himself: think of "Do the Right Thing", "Mo' Better Blues", "Clockers", and many others. In 2006, he composed the score for Spike Lee's four-hour documentary on Hurricane Katrina, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts".

    The previous year, Terence had won a Grammy with McCoy Tyner's "Illuminations" band, one of five Grammys Terence has won from a dozen nominations. In 2009 you heard his trumpet playing as the alligator character Louis in "The Princess and the Frog".

    In 2000 Terence was made the Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute, and in 2011 he was named the Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. This last year he added the theatre to his résumé, composing the music to "The M-F with the Hat" with Chris Rock.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Miles Davis The Complete Concert: 1964 (My Funny Valentine and "Four" & More) My Funny Valentine Columbia
    # 2 The Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet Brown-Roach, Inc. Sweet Clifford EmArcy
    # 3 Shirley Horn Here's to Life How Am I to Know? Verve
    # 4 John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman My One and Only Love Impulse
    # 5 Thelonious Monk Monk Plays Ellington I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart Riverside
    # 6 Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come Peace Atlantic
    # 7 Chick Corea Now He Sings, Now He Sobs Matrix Blue Note
             
    Book Paramahansa Yogananda, "Autobiography of a Yogi"
             
    Luxury Item "A heavy bag" (a punching bag)
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