Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard to perform April 20

April 14, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Terence Blanchard will perform with his quintet in a concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 20, in Penn State’s Schwab Auditorium. The New Orleans native recently won a Grammy Award, his third, for best improvised jazz solo for “Dancin’ 4 Chicken,” a track from Jeff “Tain” Watts’ album, "Watts."

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $36 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $29 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at (814) 863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial (800)ARTS-TIX. Tickets also are available at Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Tickets Downtown in the Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

One of the most important figures to emerge from the 1980s jazz resurgence, Blanchard has reached his widest audience through motion pictures. His performances on the soundtracks for "Do the Right Thing" and "Mo’ Better Blues" impressed Spike Lee so much the director has had Blanchard compose the score for each of his films since 1991, including "Jungle Fever," "Malcolm X," "Clockers," "Summer of Sam" and "Inside Man."

The trumpeter also composed the score for Lee’s "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," a four-hour HBO documentary about Hurricane Katrina. Blanchard’s 2007 Blue Note Records album "A Tale of God’s Will," recorded with his quintet and a 40-member string orchestra, includes four pieces from Lee’s Katrina film and nine additional tracks.

In addition to his extensive film work for Lee and other directors, Blanchard has maintained a far-reaching career on the concert circuit.

His most recent CD and Concord Jazz label debut, 2009’s "Choices," deals with the decisions we make as a society and as individuals. The album, recorded live at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, features Blanchard’s longstanding band members plus guests Cornel West (writer, speaker, educator and activist) and Bilal (neo-soul and jazz singer, musician and composer).

Corvette America underwrites jazz presentations at the Center for the Performing Arts. WTAJ and Jazz Spectrum on THE LION 90.7 FM are the concert media sponsors. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a touring artist or local expert, is offered in Schwab Auditorium one hour before each performance and is free for ticket holders.

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