Hometown: New Orleans
Web site: http://www.TerenceBlanchard.com
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Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film
score masters of his generation, a member of a jazz legacy that has helped to shape the contours
of modern jazz today. A true “renaissance” artist with more than 29 albums to his credit,
Blanchard is a five-time Grammy Award-winner.
Blanchard’s latest work, “Choices,” was released by Concord Jazz in 2009 to widespread critical
acclaim. Recorded in New Orleans at the Ogden Museum Of Art -- itself a survivor of Hurricane
Katrina -- “Choices” addresses the choices we all make in life – both as a society and on a
personal level. Guest artists on “Choices” include writer, speaker, educator and activist Dr.
Cornel West and singer, musician and composer Bilal. West performs spoken word pieces on the
album with Bilal providing vocals on several of the tracks.
As a film composer, Blanchard has more than 50 scores to his credit and received a Golden
Globe nomination for Spike Lee's “25th Hour.” Terence Blanchard and Spike Lee previously
collaborated on the HBO documentaries, When the Levees Broke and If God’s Willling and Da
Creek Don’t Rise, detailing the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, Blanchard
released the CD “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina),” a beautifully haunting and
impassioned song cycle which included tracks from Levees. A Tale of God’s Will went on to win
a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.
Blanchard recently appeared on HBO’s New Orleans based drama “Treme,” and on the Tonight
Show. In 2008 and 2009 he completed the score for Lee's “Miracle at St. Anna,” as well as the
soundtrack for Darnell Martin’s “Cadillac Records,” as well as contributing tracks for Walt
Disney’s “The Princess And The Frog.” Other film music written by Blanchard includes Kasi
Lemmons' “Eve's Bayou” and “Talk to Me,” Oprah Winfrey's “Their Eyes Were Watching
God,” Tim Story's “Barbershop” and Ron Shelton's “Dark Blue.” He is currently working on the
score for George Lucas’ “Red Tails,” set for release in the Fall of 2011.
Blanchard’s debut on Broadway will happen in the Scott Rudin production of “The Mother------
with the Hat,” starring Chris Rock, which will debut April llth. He is also at work on the musical
score for the remake of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” set to open on Broadway in the Fall of 20ll,
and has been commissioned by Opera St. Louis to write an original Opera based on the life of
boxing legend Emile Griffith, scheduled to premiere in 2012.
In the fall of 2011, Blanchard will become the Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute
(HMI), a prestigious program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music that is training a
new generation of orchestral and jazz artists to create and perform in mixed-genre, collaborative
settings. In addition to this new role, Blanchard will also become the Artistic Director of the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He continues to tour with his quintet and also participates in
master classes around the world as well as local community outreach activities in his beloved
hometown of New Orleans.