2013 New Mexico Jazz Festival
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Tickets: $50/$40/$30/$20 ($5 discount for Members & Students. No Member Passes)
Since he emerged on the scene in 1980, with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and then, shortly thereafter, with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Terence Blanchard has been one of the most prominent jazz artists today. An integral figure in the 1980s jazz resurgence, having recorded several award-winning albums and performing with the jazz elite, he is a five-time Grammy Award winner, renowned bandleader, recording artist, and composer of film scores and soundtracks (several for Spike Lee films as well as for Broadway). Known as a straight-ahead artist in the hard bop tradition, Blanchard has more recently utilized an African-fusion style of playing that sets him apart from other trumpeters. Vanity Fair wrote “[Blanchard] plays 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.” For his jazz festival appearance, he will be joined by his quintet, and special guest, guitarist-vocalist, Lionel Loueke plus Brice Winston, tenor saxophone; Fabian Almazan piano; Joshua Crumbly, bass; and Kendrick Scott, drums. Opening the evening will be the Lionel Loueke Trio (see writeup July 24/25).