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Thursday April 23, 2015

What happens when a top-tier jazz trumpeter and composer with more than 50 soundtracks of musical storytelling experience is inspired by the “I Can’t Breathe” campaign? Throw in influences from soul, pop and funk and you’ve got Terence Blanchard’s upcoming album “Breathless.”

Blanchard is already touring with the music from this project and his new band, The E-Collective. Ahead of the album’s release on May 26, the Celebrity Series of Boston is bringing the musicians to the Berklee Performance Center on April 25 to give Bostonians a taste. Although there are many guests on “Breathless” — from Dr. Cornel West to PJ Morton — it’ll just be Blanchard featuring The E-Collective on Saturday, sharing the bill with the Ravi Coltrane Quartet.

In a recent phone interview, Blanchard explained that the idea for this ensemble started during a film scoring project with drummer Oscar Seaton. “We had so much fun doing it,” he says, “we kept saying we should put a band together.” Blanchard recruited fellow New Orleans musician Donald Ramsey for bass and the pianist from “Magnetic” (his last album), Fabian Almazan. This is the first time Blanchard has collaborated with guitarist Charles Altura, who he reached out to on Facebook. “Charles was someone I met online. I heard him play and thought he was amazing.”

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