Terence Blanchard // Community Arts Award 2008
Added July 15th, 2010
Blanchard was born in New Orleans and began playing piano at 5 years of age. In elementary school he added the trumpet and was coached at home by his opera singing father. In high school, Terence came under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis and Roger Dickerson, and after graduation attended Rutger’s University on a music scholarship. One of his professors was so impressed with his talent that he brokered him a touring gig with Lional Hampton’s band. In 1983 Wynton Marsalis recommended Terence as his replacement in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In 1990 Terence embarked on his solo career. Since 2000 Terence has been serving as artstic director for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Its mission is to offer the world’s most promising young musicians college level training by America’s jazz masters.
The Arts Council of New Orleans each year celebrates the Community Arts Awards. Since 1977, the Community Arts Awards have recognized living individuals, organizations and corporations which have made outstanding contributions to the arts in New Orleans. Recipients are continue selected for their artistic excellence, sustained contributions, unique achievements, perseverance, and a deep commitment to the arts and local community.
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