Terence Blanchard Quintet
Friday, Jun 27, 2008 8:00 PM PDT
Stanford University Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Palo Alto, CA
"Bold, modern jazz that's respectful of the tradition and served with style and emotion...abundant talent. His writing is superb and heartfelt, his playing perfect..." --The Wall Street Journal
New Orleans-born Terence Blanchard is one of the most prolific musicians in modern jazz. As a trumpeter and bandleader, he has more than a dozen albums and three Grammy awards to his name, but his acclaimed film music reaches an even wider audience. Blanchard's atmospheric jazz compositions and haunting trumpet sound have become an indispensable part of filmmaker Spike Lee's signature style over the course of their long collaboration. In 2006, Blanchard's music and personal history came together dramatically when he composed and performed the score for Lee's documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, about the tragedy in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Motivated by a belief in the power of art to document and comment on the times in which we live, Blanchard expanded and re-orchestrated material from the Levees soundtrack into his most recent album A Tale of God's Will, a suite of compositions for his quintet and a 40-piece string orchestra.