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Terrence Blanchard, b. 1962


One of the contemporary “young lions” on trumpet, Blanchard began his big time career with Lionel Hampton.  He replaced Wynton Marsalis, his childhood friend, on trumpet with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, where he became musical director of the band until 1990.


He has played on over 50 film soundtracks and composed 40 of them.  He’s the artistic director of the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz in New York City.  In Spike Lee’s movie “Mo’ Better Blues,” that’s Blanchard playing the Denzel Washington trumpet parts.


Blanchard continues to be involved in numerous projects from performance, education, composition and mixed-media events.  Probably the best introduction to his work is the Columbia album titled TERRENCE BLANCHARD. There is not enough room here to list all of his awards, film scores, and albums.


Photograph by Roger Kallins. Courtesy of Patricia Darlington.


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