Cool Composer

Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard

Anytime you hear a score in a Spike Lee film, chances are, it’s the work of Terence Blanchard. The 41-year-old trumpeter began composing film scores in 1991, for Lee’s “Jungle Fever,” and has continued with last year’s “She Hate Me.” Along the way, Blanchard has snagged several Grammy-award nominations (most recently, for his song, “Lost in a Fog,” from his 2001 release, “Let’s Get Lost”) and has handily composed scores for a few films not directed by Lee, such as 2002’s “Barbershop” and “Love and Basketball” (2000).

So be sure to catch Blanchard’s performance at the Annenberg Center on Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. where he’ll play, in the words of one Vanity Fair critic, “the most coolly expressive trumpet in jazz, transmuting the instrument’s repertoire of smears, growls, peeps, and blasts into an astonishingly fluid language both luxurious and controlled.”
— H.A.D.

—Blanchard performs at 8 p.m. at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. Tickets: $46, $41, $34, $22. Info: 215-898-3900 or www.pennpresents.org. —T.H.

Originally published on February 24, 2005