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Thursday November 05, 2015

From Miami Herald

Spike Lee’s movie composer Terence Blanchard opens Jazz Roots series
By: Michelle F. Solomon

When trumpeter Terence Blanchard arrives in Miami this week to perform in the opening of the Jazz Roots series at the Adrienne Arsht Center, he will have just finished scoring his fifteenth movie for director Spike Lee, Chiraq.

“We finished it two weeks ago, and we’re going back now to score two more additional scenes and then we will be done,” says Blanchard from his New Orleans home. “That’s what I’ll be doing in Los Angeles right before I come to Miami.”

Friday’s program, “The Movie Music of Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard,” celebrates Lee’s movies and the jazz-infused scores Blanchard has created as the filmmaker’s resident composer. It is co-presented by the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music as part of Festival Miami. The school’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra will join Blanchard’s quintet, along with Grammy- and Tony-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, for the show.

Inescapably, the concert will stir thoughts of Jazz Roots founder Larry Rosen, a trailblazing jazz producer and music executive who died in October.

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