Terence Blanchard Biography (1962-)

Full name, Terence Oliver Blanchard; born March 13, 1962, in New Orleans, LA;son of Joseph Oliver Blanchard (an insurance company manager and part-time opera singer); married, wife's name Robin; children: four, including Olivia Ray. Addresses: Agent: Wayne Fitterman, United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Manager: Burgess Management,3225 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70115.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Composer, trumpet player, band leader, conductor, orchestrator, recording artist, actor
Birth Details
March 13, 1962
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Trumpet Player
  • (With Natural Spirit Orchestra) School Daze, Columbia, 1988
  • Do the Right Thing, MCA/Universal Pictures, 1989
  • Mo' Better Blues, Universal, 1990
  • (And leader of Big Band, and conductor of Malcolm X Orchestra) MalcolmX, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Housesitter, 1992
  • (With Terence Blanchard Quintet) Sugar Hill (also known as Harlem), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • (And orchestrator) The Inkwell (also known as No Ordinary Summer), Buena Vista, 1994
  • (With Terence Blanchard Quartet) Trial by Jury, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Backbeat, 1994
  • Soloist, Primal Fear, Paramount, 1996
  • (And score producer and conductor) 4 Little Girls, Green Valley Films, 1997
  • Soloist (and score conductor), Summer of Sam, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Random Hearts, Columbia, 1999
  • (And conductor) Bamboozled, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • (And organist) Glitter, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • Soloist, Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 2001
  • (And conductor) Jim Brown All American, HBO Sports/40 Acres and aMule Filmworks, 2002
  • Soloist, The Salton Sea, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Other
  • Conductor, Crooklyn, Universal, 1994
  • Conductor, Clockers, Universal, 1995
  • Score producer and conductor, Get On the Bus, Columbia, 1996
  • Music arranger, "A Child with the Blues," Eve's Bayou, MCA/Universal, 1997
  • Music conductor, Next Friday, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Orchestrator and conductor, Love & Basketball, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Orchestrator and conductor, The Caveman's Valentine (also known asSign of the Killer), MCA/Universal, 2001
  • Conductor and orchestrator, Original Sin (also known as Peche originel), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2001
  • Conductor and organist, Barbershop, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2002
  • Song performer, "Uptown Lowdown" and "JMP," People I Know (also known as Im inneren kreis and Der innere kreis), Miramax, 2003
  • Film Appearances
  • Trumpet player with Billie Holiday Quartet, Malcolm X, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Country Spring Break '94, ABC, 1994
  • Swing into Christmas, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Miniseries
  • Himself, A Girl Thing, Showtime, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Guest, Late Show with David Letterman, 1999
  • Appeared in episodes of ABC in Concert, ABC, and Evening at Pops, PBS.
  • Television Music Performer
  • Soul of the Game (movie), HBO, 1996
  • Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (special),HBO, 2003
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums; Solo Artist
  • Terence Blanchard, Columbia/Sony, 1991
  • Simply Stated, Columbia/Sony, 1992
  • The Malcolm X Jazz Suite, Columbia/Sony, 1993
  • In My Solitude: The Billie Holiday Songbook, Columbia/Sony, 1994
  • Romantic Defiance, Columbia/Sony, 1995
  • The Heart Speaks, Columbia, 1995
  • Jazz in Film, Sony Classical, 1999
  • Wandering Moon, Sony Classical, 2000
  • Let's Get Lost: The Songs of Jimmy McHugh, Sony Classical, 2001
  • Bounce, Blue Note, 2003
  • Flow, Blue Note, 2005
  • Albums; With Donald Harrison
  • New York Second Line, Concord Jazz, 1983
  • Discernment, Concord Jazz, 1986
  • Nascence, Columbia, 1986
  • (With Harrison and others) Eric Dolphy and Booker Little Remembered Live at Sweet Basil, two volumes, Evidence, 1986
  • (With Harrison and others) Fire Waltz: Eric Dolphy and Booker Little Remembered, Projazz, 1986
  • Crystal Stair, Columbia/CBS, 1987
  • Black Pearl, Columbia/CBS, 1988
  • Albums; With Art Blakey
  • New York Scene, Concord Jazz, 1984
  • Live at Kimball's, Concord Jazz, 1987
  • Blue Night, Timeless, 1991
  • Dr. Jekyle, Evidence, 1992
  • Hard Champion, Evidence, 1992
  • New Year's Eve at Sweet Basil, Evidence, 1992
  • Film Soundtrack Albums; Contributor
  • School Daze, EMI-Manhattan, 1988
  • Do the Right Thing, Columbia, 1989
  • Mo' Better Blues, Columbia/Sony, 1990
  • Jungle Fever, Motown, 1991
  • Malcolm X, Columbia/Sony, 1993
  • Sugar Hill, Arista, 1993
  • Crooklyn, 1994
  • The Inkwell, Buena Vista, 1994
  • Trial by Jury, 1994
  • Backbeat, Polygram/Verve, 1994
  • Clockers, Columbia/Sony, 1995
  • The Promised Land, Columbia/Sony, 1995
  • Get on the Bus, Columbia, 1996
  • 'Til There Was You, Paramount, 1997
  • 4 Little Girls, 1997
  • Eve's Bayou, Sonic Images/MCA, 1997
  • Summer of Sam, 1999
  • Next Friday, 2000
  • The Caveman's Valentine, Decca, 2001
  • Original Sin, Chapter III, 2001
  • 25th Hour, Hollywood, 2002
  • People I Know, Decca, 2003
  • She Hate Me, Milan, 2004
  • Also contributed to the soundtrack recording of Housesitter.
  • Videos
  • Rendezvous in New York (concert video), Ideal Entertainment, 2004
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Music
  • Song, "Sing Soweto," Mo' Better Blues, Universal, 1990
  • Jungle Fever, Universal, 1991
  • Malcolm X, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Crooklyn, Universal, 1994
  • Sugar Hill (also known as Harlem), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • The Inkwell (also known as No Ordinary Summer), Buena Vista, 1994
  • Trial by Jury, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Clockers, Universal, 1995
  • Get On the Bus, Columbia, 1996
  • 4 Little Girls, Green Valley Films, 1997
  • 'Til There Was You, Paramount, 1997
  • Eve's Bayou, MCA/Universal, 1997
  • Summer of Sam, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Next Friday, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Love and Basketball, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Bamboozled, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Underscore, The Caveman's Valentine (also known as The Sign ofthe Killer), MCA/Universal, 2001
  • Original Sin (also known as Peche originel), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2001
  • Glitter, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • Jim Brown All American, HBO Sports/40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks,2002
  • Barbershop, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2002
  • 25th Hour, Buena Vista, 2002
  • (Including songs "Uptown Lowdown" and "JMP"), People I Know (alsoknown as Im inneren kreis and Der innere kreis), Miramax, 2003
  • Dark Blue, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 2003
  • Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power (documentary), 2004
  • Original music, She Hate Me, Sony Pictures Classics, 2004
  • Drum, Armada Pictures International, 2004
  • Television Music
  • Movies
  • Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker (also known as Assault at Westpoint), Showtime, 1994
  • (Contributor) Soul of the Game, HBO, 1996
  • Gia, HBO, 1998
  • The Tempest, NBC, 1998
  • A Saintly Switch (also known as In Your Shoes), ABC, 1999
  • Free of Eden, Showtime, 1999
  • The Color of Courage, USA Network, 1999
  • Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (also known asHaving Our Say), CBS, 1999
  • Navigating the Heart, Lifetime, 2000
  • The Truth about Jane, Lifetime, 2000
  • Bojangles, Showtime, 2001
  • Redemption, FX Channel, 2004
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God (also known as Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God), ABC, 2005
  • Miniseries
  • The Promised Land, The Discovery Channel, 1995
  • A Girl Thing, Showtime, 2001
  • Other
  • Special music, Soul of the Game (also known as Field of Honour), HBO, 1996
  • Sucker Free City (pilot), Showtime, 2004
  • Sucker Free City (series), Showtime, 2005

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • Music composed by Blanchard for various films was also featured in the television special Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, broadcast by HBO in 2003.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 43, Gale, 2004
    • Contemporary Musicians, Volume 13, Gale, 1994
    • Magro, Anthony, Contemporary Cat: Terence Blanchard with Special Guests, Scarecrow Press, 2002
    Periodicals
    • Down Beat, May, 1999, p. 41; December 3, 2000
    • Essence, April 1, 2001, p. 76
    • Jazz Now, July, 1996
    • Time, May 16, 1994, p. 89
    Electronic
    • Terence Blanchard Electronic Press Kit, http://www.terenceblanchard.com, May 9, 2005

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