Terence Blanchard

One of the world’s leading jazz musicians, trumpeter, bandleader and composer Terence Blanchard has recorded dozens of acclaimed albums since the early ’80s, and has won four Grammys and been nominated for 11.  He has written the scores for more than 40 films, many of them directed by Spike Lee, and has played with Abbey Lincoln, Dr. John, Toots Thielemans and many others.


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Terence Blanchard (born March 13, 1962, New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American award-winning, internationally renowned bandleader, composer, arranger, film score writer, and jazz trumpeter. Blanchard is the most prolific jazz musician to ever compose for motion pictures.] He has been one of the top trumpet players in jazz since the 1980s, and has worked with some of the legends of the genre. He is known for his African-fusion style of playing which makes him unique from other trumpet players. As of 2007, Blanchard is Artistic Director at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USC in Los Angeles. It is as a film composer that Blanchard is now reaching wider audiences. Terence’s trumpet can be heard on nearly fifty film scores; forty bear his unmistakable compositional style. His ultimate historic mark may come as a composer. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.


Terence Blanchard Talks International Jazz Day

By Terence Blanchard | April 27, 2013

Terence Blanchard Talks International Jazz Day

It's been talked about from the first downbeat, since the first chorus was ever played: What's the importance of jazz? Some go as far to ask...