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Referred to by the Los Angeles Times as “a brass-wielding force of nature,” trumpeter Terence Blanchard returns to MIM following the triumphant 2015 performances of his biographical opera, Champion: An Opera in Jazz. He brings his Grammy-nominated E-Collective to perform music of hope and healing from their forthcoming album, Caravan, a collection of live recordings made in Minneapolis, Cleveland, and Dallas―three cities scarred by the violence and tension between law enforcement officers and the African American populations in those urban centers.
The Grammy-winning New Orleans native is a major creative force in the contemporary jazz scene. He has composed over forty movie scores, including soundtracks for the majority of director Spike Lee’s work, making Blanchard the most prolific jazz artist working in film. Blanchard conceived of the E-Collective to explore the intersection of jazz, R&B, funk, and fusion. He describes the project as an outlet to satisfy a yearning he has had for years to explore areas of music that he has always loved but never ventured into, with a band made up of musicians who truly stand at the vanguard of today’s jazz. “This band represents the best of America’s ideals. We’re five very different personalities with different visions who play together for a common goal: creating music that hopefully heals hearts and opens minds.”
A brass-wielding force of nature
—Los Angeles Times
Terence Blanchard has always been forward thinking, but with E-Collective he shoots straight into tomorrow adding all sorts of different types of electricity and attitude to a new set of tunes. The concept is still right now with a more modern edge and sound, vocals and all, but it’s still the tough but tender, timeless but vital unique tone that marks Terence’s horn as one of the truly great and classic jazzmen.
Blanchard fully embraces his responsibility as an artist, bearing witness to the world in which he lives. And The E-Collective is much more than a band; it is a movement. With ferocity, it radiates as a beacon at the intersection of art and social change, with the power to make a difference.
—Post and Courier