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Multiple Grammy winner Terence Blanchard talks at Loyola Thursday

Loyola press release - February 1, 2010

Fresh on the heels of winning a 2010 Grammy Award for best improvised solo category, Terence Blanchard will talk about his life and work as a jazz musician on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m., at Loyola University New Orleans’ Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

Blanchard, composer, jazz trumpeter and artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation. With more than 29 albums to his credit, Blanchard’s Grammy line-up includes a newly announced 2010 award for his work on “Dancin’ 4 Chicken,” a track on drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts’ self-titled album “Watts.” He also received a Grammy in 2009 for his instrumental solo for “Be-Bop” on “Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival” and in 2008 for his recording “A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina).”

As a film composer, Blanchard has worked on more than 50 scores and received a Golden Globe nomination for Spike Lee's “25th Hour.” In 2008, he completed the score for Lee's “Miracle at St. Anna,” as well as the soundtrack for Darnell Martin’s “Cadillac Records.” Other film music written by Blanchard includes Kasi Lemmons’ “Eve's Bayou” and “Talk to Me;” producer Oprah Winfrey’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God;” Tim Story’s “Barbershop;” Ron Shelton’s “Dark Blue;” and Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.”

As artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance which he was instrumental in relocating from Los Angeles to New Orleans, Blanchard works with students in the areas of artistic development, arranging, composition and concert programming. He also participates in masterclasses around the world and with local community outreach activities in his hometown of New Orleans.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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