Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard

Trumpeter and composer, Terence Blanchard performs some of his biggest hits at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.

Five time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard and his band share the music he grew up on in New Orleans with a packed house at Kilbourn Hall in this Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival episode.

At an early age Terence Blanchard made a name for himself as a toptier jazz trumpeter from New Orleans and has gone on to enjoy a multifaceted career. He’s not only a fivetime Grammy Award winner, but he’s also a renowned film-score and soundtrack composer (most recently for George Lucas’s 2012 Red Tails film about the Tuskegee Airmen). Add to those achievements Blanchard’s recent success composing for Broadway; an opera commissioned by Opera St. Louis; a speaking role as the musical voice of Louis the Alligator in the animated featureThe Princess and the Frog; becoming the artistic director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s jazz series; and after serving as the artistic director of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for a decade since 2000, being named in 2011 the artistic director of the Henri Mancini Institute, the program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. In addition, Blanchard serves as the artist in residence at the Detroit Jazz Festival over the Labor Day long weekend in 2012.

Shot in high-definition at the 2011 and 2012 Jazz Festivals, the series offers an unsurpassed look into one of the most popular and respected jazz festivals in the country and features performances by an eclectic group of musicians. In each episode, viewers are guided through the last ten years of the festival with artist interviews, stories from the festival producers, and musical highlights. 

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival was founded in 2002 by John Nugent, Co-producer and Artistic Director, and Marc Iacona, Co-producer and Executive Director. From legendary performers and familiar favorites – to rising stars and new discoveries – this Festival navigates all genres of creative improvised music from all corners of the world. Attendance at the Festival has grown each year, from 15,000 the first year to more than 182,000 in year ten – attracting music lovers from around the U.S. and the world.

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Series is produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting and distributed nationally by American Public Television. The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 10th Anniversary Series is underwritten by The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation and Rowe Photo, Video, and Audio.

To see the complete line-up of artists and the airdates, visit: WXXI.org/jazz.