Rose Theater 2020-2021

Terence Blanchard: A Life in Music

What To Expect

  • A showcase of Terence Blanchard’s diverse and prolific work, including selections from his multiple jazz bands, Spike Lee film scores, operas, and more.
  • Multiple bands and guest artists for each part of the show. 

Not many jazz musicians can stage a career retrospective in their 50s, but Oscar and six-time Grammy Award–winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard is a rare artist. In fact, this performance is set to be one of the most stylistically and thematically diverse shows of our entire concert season. There’s something here for everyone, and for most audience members the whole evening will be a powerful and wonderfully varied showcase of a modern giant.

The concert kicks off with a celebration of Blanchard’s years as lead soloist and music director for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers—a job he was recommended for by childhood friend Wynton Marsalis, who held the position prior to him. After performing a few swinging, instrumental hard-bop classics alongside special guest Ravi Coltrane, Blanchard will welcome the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra to join him in playing selections from his 50-plus film scores, which include every Spike Lee film since 1991, including Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, Malcolm X, A Tale of God’s Will, and BlacKkKlansman, for which Blanchard received an Oscar nomination.

Other highlights include a performance by Blanchard’s electric band, the E-Collective, who will be joined by hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris’ dance company, Puremovement. A surprise guest singer will perform music from the Grammy Award–winning album Let’s Get Lost, Blanchard’s ode to the musical theater show tunes of Jimmy McHugh. Blanchard will also share his new music written in honor of Wayne Shorter alongside his band and the Turtle Island String Quartet.

Blanchard, who is soon to become the first African American composer to debut an original opera at The Metropolitan Opera, will share movements and arias from his acclaimed operatic works with the help of mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves.

Each of Blanchard’s forays into new genres and artistic mediums feels as organic as the next, and this mid-career retrospective promises to be an impressive overview of a restlessly creative talent.

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