|Terence Blanchard Quintet
Terence Blanchard, trumpet; Brice Winston, saxophone; Fabian Almazan,
piano; Derrick Hodge, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums
Friday, June 27 | 8 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $34 general | $17 students
By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford
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“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
Jazz and New Orleans: Post-Katrina
Speaker: Terence Blanchard
7 pm, free with concert ticket
Supported in part by Susan & Lee David; Robert & Sharon Yoerg
Blanchard web site
Q&A with Terence Blanchard
What is the first recording you remember
hearing as a child?
Clifford Brown & Max Roach Inc.
Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
What job would you have if you weren’t
a jazz musician?
your favorite food?
New Orleans Seafood.
What’s the most exotic place you’ve
traveled to as a musician?
Bermuda or South Africa, it’s hard to say.
What’s the last book you’ve
Probably a manual on digital performance.
If you could play with any other musician,
living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it be
John Coltrane or Miles Davis, because they are both geniuses at
your favorite tune?
I don’t have one, I’ve heard so many that I couldn’t
Who is your greatest musical influence?
Miles Davis for sure, you can’t beat it.
If you were stranded on a desert island
and could only have three recordings with you, what would they
Miles Davis, “Four & More”; Clifford Brown, “Clifford
Strings” & Thelonious Monk, “Plays Duke Ellington.”
How much do you practice each week?
It varies, I tend to practice
more on the road.
What hobbies do you have?
If you could be any other type of artist
other than a jazz musician, what would you be and why?
A painter, because it’s creating stories through color and
Do you have a
favorite music-related joke (that can be told in mixed
A jazz vocalist walks in to a club for a gig and meets her band.
says, “Let’s start with “Misty”” The
piano player says, “Ok guys, 1st bar
in 3/8, 2nd bar in 7/8, 3rd in 11/4, 4th bar in 7…” The
up, “wait, wait, what?” The pianist says, “Well,
that’s how you sang it
When did you become interested in music,
and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional
I became interested at an early age, because I came from a
musical family, started playing piano when I was five. I decided
I wanted to be professional in my early teens after my father took
me out of football and I began focusing on music.
If you were to
describe your music as a color, what color would it
be and why?
Purple = red for heat + blue for coolness.