Title/Position: Artistic Director, Henry Mancini InstituteProfile:
Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation, a member of a jazz legacy that has shaped the contours of modern jazz today. With more than 29 albums to his credit, as a musician Blanchard is a multi-Grammy Award winner and nominee, winning last year for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” for his performance on Jeff “Tain” Watts’ project, “Watts.” In 2009, Blanchard won for his instrumental solo for “Be-Bop” on Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival. In addition to receiving the award, Blanchard performed live on the telecast along with other New Orleans artists including Lil’ Wayne, Allen Toussaint and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who were all joined on-stage by singer Robin Thicke. In 2008, Blanchard also won a Grammy for his CD, A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a beautifully haunting and impassioned song cycle about Hurricane Katrina and the ravages incurred upon the City of New Orleans and its residents.
As a film composer, Blanchard has more than 50 scores to his credit and received a Golden Globe nomination for Spike Lee’s 25th Hour. In 2009, Blanchard loaned his musical voice to Louis the Alligator in The Princess and the Frog. He completed the score for Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna, as well as the soundtrack for Darnell Martin’s Cadillac Records. He is currently working on the score for two Broadway plays, The Mother———with the Hat, produced by Scott Rudin (“The Social Network” and “True Grit”) and A Streetcar Named Desire; George Lucas’ film about the Tuskegee Airmen entitled, Red Tails; and a commission for Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Other film music written by Blanchard includes 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 and music for over one dozen Spike Lee films or documentaries.
As Artistic Director, Blanchard will conduct the Mancini Institute Orchestra and introduce its musicians to a wide range of musical styles that will prepare them for the changing world of music they are about to enter, such as performing and recording the music of iconic film composers, multi-media recording for television specials, and providing multi-cultural and multi-style performance and recording opportunities. The Mancini Institute Orchestra is comprised of a full orchestra (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion), plus an additional complement of jazz instruments (saxophones, trombones, trumpets), world percussion and rhythm section instruments (piano, bass, drums, guitar). The ensemble also performs in smaller chamber music configurations throughout the year.