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Born: March 13, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: composer, musician

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Acclaimed as one of the foremost contemporary jazz trumpeters, Terence Blanchard has developed a secondary career scoring features, many of them directed by Spike Lee.

Acclaimed as one of the foremost contemporary jazz trumpeters, Terence Blanchard has developed a secondary career scoring features, many of them directed by Spike Lee.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Just Wright (2010)
2.
 Icons Among Us (2009)
3.
 Waist Deep (2006)
4.
 She Hate Me (2004)
5.
 Dark Blue (2003)
6.
 Barbershop (2002)
7.
 25th Hour (2002)
8.
 Salton Sea, The (2002)
9.
 Original Sin (2001)
10.
 Bamboozled (2000)
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Milestones close milestones

1967:
Began music studies as a piano student
1976:
Began playing the trumpet
1978:
Enrolled at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA)
1980:
Went on tour with Lionel Hampton and his orchestra
1982:
Replaced Wynton Marsalis as trumpet player with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers; remained with group for four years
:
Formed own jazz combo with Donald Harrison
:
Took time off from performing to perfect his embrouchure
1988:
First screen collaboration with Spike Lee, played trumpet with the National Spiritual Orchestra for "School Daze"
1990:
Formed Terence Blanchard Quintet
1990:
Wrote song, performed score and served as artistic consultant on Lee's "Mo' Better Blues"
1991:
First original film score, "Jungle Fever", directed by Lee
1992:
Feature debut, appeared as a trumpet player in Billie Holliday's band in Lee's "Malcolm X"; also composed the film's original score
1994:
Scored first non-Lee directed feature, "Sugar Hill"
1994:
Wrote the music for the TV-movie "Assault at West Point" (Showtime)
1995:
Scored "Crooklyn", directed by Lee
1996:
Wrote original music for Lee's "Get on the Bus"
2000:
Scored Lee's controversial "Bamboozled"
2001:
Wrote the superb musical underscore for "The Caveman's Valentine"
2002:
Scored "25th Hour". directed by Spike Lee; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score.
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Education

Rutgers University: Rutgers , New Jersey -
New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts: New Orleans , Louisiana -

Notes

"Next to my father, Terence had the most impact on how we captured the music on screen [in 'Mo' Better Blues']. Because of his involvement, I'm sure we did it . . . with the utmost integrity." --Spike Lee

"Terence is still thought of in Hollywood as a jazz musician who can only write jazz scores. His employment opportunities with some directors have narrowed because Spike Lee has ruffled some feathers among the Hollywood flock. Still Terence takes it in stride.

'The difficulties I'm dealing with are shared by all cinema scorers. For decades, Elmer BErnstein was thought of as a comedy composer, something that's happening to Miles Goodman right now. I mean, they look to John Williams for blockbuster scores in spite of the tender ethnic theme he wrote for 'Schindler's List'. Besides, I have my band which I cn go out and tour with." --From "Terence Blanchard: The Heart Speaks" by Bob Hershon, JAZZ NOW, July 1996 (Volume 6, No.3)

Family close complete family listing

father:
Joseph Oliver Blanchard. Hotel worker.
father:
Joseph Oliver Blanchard. Had two; survived him.
daughter:
Olivia Ray Blanchard. Born c. 1991.
daughter:
Olivia Ray Blanchard. Had two who survived him.
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