BMI Provides Music Business Mentorship at Frost School of Music

April 07, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — BMI’s Vice President, Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer-Ross visited the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as a guest speaker in early April. She, along with BMI composer Alex Wurman, spoke at a multitude of classes.

While there, Ringer-Ross and Wurman also attended a concert presented on April 7 by BMI composer and Henry Mancini Institute Artistic Director Terence Blanchard entitled “Jazz in Film” featuring his own quintet and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, led from the podium by the Mancini Institute's resident conductor Scott Flavin.

The dramatic concert on April 7, sponsored in part by the Knight Foundation, highlighted Blanchard's sizzling band with noir-nuanced renditions of various film music selections from 1951 onward, including some of Blanchard’s own. Blanchard is an incredible trumpeter who seamlessly swings between the worlds of jazz and motion picture scoring. With more than 40 motion picture credits, he is best known for his work scoring films by director/provocateur Spike Lee. His most recent project was “Red Tails,” released by Lucasfilm in 2012. Blanchard has also recorded the movie music of Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Bernard Herman, Jerry Goldsmith and Andre Previn. Blanchard’s first big breaks came during the early 1980s via jazz icons Lionel Hampton and Art Blakey. He now performs with top players in jazz.

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Pictured L-R: BMI composer Alex Wurman, the Frost School's Henry Mancini Institute Artistic Director Terence Blanchard, and BMI’s Doreen Ringer Ross.