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Monk Institute artistic director lands another Grammy

Loyola press release - February 9, 2009

Terence Blanchard, artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at Loyola University New Orleans, was recognized with a Grammy Award for the category Best Jazz Instrumental Solo on Feb. 8.

The award was given for Blanchard’s solo trumpet work on the song “Be-Bop” from the album “Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival: Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars,” distributed by Monterey Jazz Festival Records.

Blanchard was also a performer at the 51st annual event playing alongside other New Orleans artists L’il Wayne, Allen Toussaint and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

As a jazz musician, Blanchard is a multi-Grammy Award winner, most notably for his 2007 recording “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina).”

As a film composer, Blanchard has 43 scores to his credit and received a Golden Globe nomination for Spike Lee’s “25th Hour.” In 2008, he completed the scores for Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna” as well as the soundtrack for “Cadillac Records.”

Additional films for which Blanchard has written music include 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.”

Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians, educators and film score masters of his generation. Currently signed to Blue Note Records, Blanchard belongs to a jazz legacy that has shaped the contours of modern jazz.