TERENCE BLANCHARD NOMINATED FOR BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO AT THE UPCOMING 52ND GRAMMY AWARDS;WORLD REKNOWNED TRUMPET PLAYER AND COMPOSER WILL ALSO RECEIVE FRANCE'S GRAND PRIX DU DISQUE 2009
(Published: December 16, 2009)
Blanchard's soundtrack composition for Cadillac Records also nominated, for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Los Angeles--Three-time Grammy Award-winning composer and world-renowned trumpet player Terence Blanchard's recording, Dancin' 4 Chicken, has been nominated for the Best Improvised Jazz Solo Grammy. The track was featured on Jeff "Tain" Watts' album, Watts.
Additionally, Blanchard composed the original music for the soundtrack for the feature film Cadillac Records, which was nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media. The 52nd annual Grammy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 31, 2010.
Blanchard is also set to receive one of France's highest Arts honors, the Grand Prix Du Disque 2009, for his CD Choices. The Grand Prix ceremony will take place January 7th at the Maison de Radio in France. The Grand Prix du Disque is the premier French award for musical recordings. The award was inaugurated by l'Académie Charles Cros in 1948 and offers prizes in various categories.
The categories vary from year to year, and multiple awards are often made in any one category in the same year. Awards are made in the following categories: Ancient Music, Baroque Music, Blues, Chamber Music, Choral Music, First Recital, French Song, Instrumental & Symphonic Music, Instrumental Soloist (new talent), Jazz, Lyric Music, Modern Music, Opera, Recordings for Children, Vocal Soloist (new talent) and World Music.
As a film composer, Blanchard has more than 50 scores to his credit, including contributions to the Walt Disney motion picture The Princess And The Frog, currently in theaters nationwide (Blanchard is also the "trumpet voice" of Louis the alligator in the film). Cadillac Records is the feature film based on the story of Chess Records, the label in the 1950s that was home to Chuck Berry, Etta James, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. The film was released Sony's Tristar Pictures, starring Beyoncé Knowles, Oscar® winner Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def. Additional films that Terence has written the music for include the Kasi Lemmons' films Eve's Bayou and Talk to Me, Oprah Winfrey's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Tim Story's Barbershop and Ron Shelton's Dark Blue.
As Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which he was instrumental in relocating from Los Angeles to New Orleans, Blanchard works with students in the areas of artistic development, arranging, composition, career counseling, and concert programming. He also participates in master classes around the world as well as local community outreach activities in his beloved hometown of New Orleans.
Currently signed to Concord Music Group, Terence Blanchard and his band have just finished a world tour in support of his critically-acclaimed new CD, Choices, featuring guest artists Bilal, Lionel Loueke and author/educator/political activist Dr. Cornel West. Earlier this year Blanchard took home the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo with Be-Bop, a track from Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival, and in 2008 received a Grammy for his CD, A Tale Of God's Will (A Requiem For Katrina). Blanchard also performed live on the 2009 Grammy Awards broadcast with Lil'Wayne, Robin Thicke and Allen Toussiant.
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