October 16, 2007
Grammy-Winning Trumpeter Terence Blanchard to Perform
Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, a renowned bandleader, arranger and film-score composer, will perform in concert with the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, Nov. 10.
Blanchard and the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble, which was recently selected to perform at the 2008 Washington Music Educators All State Conference, will take the stage at 8 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth University. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for Whitworth students. For tickets, call TicketsWest at (509) 325-7328 or purchase online at www.ticketswest.com, or call the Whitworth Music Department Office at (509) 777-3280. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the evening of the concert.
Blanchard will conduct a free jazz clinic for Whitworth students, Spokane-area students, and the general public on Friday, Nov. 9, at 5:15 p.m. in the Whitworth Music Building Band Room, #112. For more information about the concert or clinic, please call (509) 777-3280.
"Terence Blanchard is one of the biggest names in jazz to visit Whitworth and perform with our students," says Dan Keberle, professor of music and director of jazz studies and the jazz ensemble at Whitworth. "This year's Whitworth Jazz Ensemble is one of the best ever, with many fine soloists and strong players on all parts. Our students are fortunate to have two days to work with Terence and to perform with a true world-class musician. The concert promises to be an exciting one."
Blanchard has long been regarded as one of the top jazz trumpeters in the world. He won a 2005 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, for McCoy Tyner's Illuminations; many of his other albums have been nominated for Grammys. In addition to releasing more than 25 jazz albums, Blanchard has composed music for 41 feature films, including Talk to Me, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Barbershop, and the Spike Lee films Malcolm X and Jungle Fever.
Blanchard, a native of New Orleans, released in August A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a 13-track song cycle inspired by and written for the HBO/Spike Lee documentary When the Levees Broke. The CD features Blanchard's quintet as well as a 40-member string orchestra.
Blanchard was chosen by the Monterey Jazz Festival to be its honorary Artist-in-Residence for 2007; he teaches at the institute several times throughout the year and performed at the September festival. Blanchard was a featured panelist and performer at this year's Sundance Film Festival and served as a keynote speaker at the Billboard Film and Television Music Conference. One week each month, Blanchard teaches at the Monk Institute; he recently performed at the 2007 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. For more information on Terence Blanchard, please visit www.terenceblanchard.com.
The 19-piece Whitworth Jazz Ensemble performs several concerts each year on campus, as well as at jazz festivals, in public schools, at civic events, and on annual tours throughout the United States. In January 2006 the ensemble traveled to Sao Paolo and Salvador, Brazil, for concerts at two music festivals. In 2004 they traveled to Rome, Italy, for several performances with leading Italian jazz artists, followed by a performance trip to Hawaii in March 2004. Other performance residencies in previous years have included trips to Havana, Cuba, two trips to Munich, four others to Rome, and nine performances in Australia, at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and in the surrounding area. The group will return to Rome in January 2008.
The Whitworth Jazz Ensemble has won first place five times since 1996 at the University of Idaho's annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. In recent years the group has performed in concert at Whitworth with guest artists including Bob Mintzer, Joe Lovano, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Kenny Garrett, Phil Woods and Gene Harris. The ensemble has produced six CDs; the most recent is Apple Flambé, released in September 2007. For more information on the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble, please visit www.whitworth.edu/jazz.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Dan Keberle, director of the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble and professor of music, (509) 777-4582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University (509) 777-3729 or email@example.com.