Terence Blanchard in Concert at Jazz Fest

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Musicians

Terence Blanchard, trumpet

Brice Winston, tenor

Fabian Almazan, piano

Derrick Hodge, bass

Kendrick Scott, drums

Univ. of Mich Jazz Ensemble

Conducted by Professor Ellen Rowe

Saxophones

Dan Schlein - Alto I

Joey Dosik - Alto II

Tucker Antell - Tenor I

Andy Haefner - Tenor II

Ivan Navedo - Baritone

Tyler Duncan - Low Whistle

Trumpets

Scott Copeland

Justin Walter

Ryan Black

Andy Warren

Josh Mizruchi

Trombones

Melissa Gardiner

Alex Truelove

Joey Munoz

Ilan Morgenstern - bass trombone

Rhythm Section

Matt Endalh / Michael Gacetta - piano

Tomek Miernowski / Derek Barber - guitar

Doug Stuart / Pat Prouty - bass

Quentin Joseph / Aaron Gold - drums

Theo Katzman - aux. percussion

Blanchard's Set List

  • "Transform" (Eric Harland)
  • "Harvesting Dance" (Aaron Parks)
  • Excerpt of "Nocturna" (Ivan Lins)

UM Set List

  • "Deed I Do" (Rose/Hersch, arr. John Clayton)
  • "May Morning Dew" (trad. Irish, arr. Tyler Duncan)
  • "Cubauza" (Michael Philip Mossman)

On a cold February day in Ann Arbor, the 2007 University of Michigan Jazz Festival honored a brilliant beacon of music — Louis Armstrong, known to players as "Pops." His biography is essentially the jazz creation story. Born into poverty in New Orleans in 1901, half a century before the Supreme Court ended legal racial discrimination in public schools and 60 years before the Voting Rights Act, this African-American artist invented a high-power trumpet sound and glorious improvisations and arrangements to go with it. He steered American culture in new directions. His career was lifelong, and his following was international.

Sixty years after Pops, Terence Blanchard was born, also in New Orleans — where it means something to take up the trumpet. And that's just what young Terence did. However, Miles Davis was more Blanchard's idol than Pops was. Today, Blanchard has a three-part career. His two recent CDs from Blue Note — Bounce and Flow — display his flexible trumpet sound, subtle compositions and ever more youthful band. He has scored more than 35 feature films, including a dozen Spike Lee movies. Finally, Blanchard is the artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. In fall 2007, he's bringing this elite, college-level training program home from southern California to Loyola University in New Orleans.

At a public "historical lecture" at the University of Michigan Jazz Festival, Blanchard reflected on Armstrong's breakthrough career, especially his ability to turn popular songs into something familiar but original. Later, in a master class, Blanchard answered students' questions about film scoring. And then, into the night, he and his telepathic quintet headlined the feature concert.

Opening for Blanchard, the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble played swing, Celtic music and a dash of mambo, with Professor Ellen Rowe conducting.

CREDITS

David Lau of Brookwood Studio, assistant Rich Blatt. PA by Jim Gibbons.

Recording and remix by JazzSet's Duke Markos with Yujin Cha. Remix of University Jazz Ensemble by Dave Greenspan.

Producer Becca Pulliam, Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ, and wbgo.org.

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