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Thursday April 19, 2018


Jazz Against Violence: Trumpeter-composer Terence Blanchard brings his electric band to Davis to defend black lives
By: Marcus Crowder

Trumpeter-composer Terence Blanchard didn’t set out to make his new band a protest group. But stuff happens. Bad stuff’“and musicians are as much a part of the world as anyone else. Perhaps they are even more in the world than most as they travel from city to city across the country and around the world.

Blanchard’s band the E-Collective consciously pulled music from its upcoming album Live (releases April 20) from performances in communities that have experienced trauma between law enforcement and African-American citizens. Minneapolis (where Philando Castile was shot on July 6, 2016); Cleveland (where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot on November 22, 2014); and Dallas (where police officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patricio Zamarripa were assassinated during a Black Lives Matter protest on July 7-8, 2016).

The band has said they condemn gun violence of any kind. ‘Events were just overcoming all of us,’ Blanchard said from his home in New York. ‘The music we created for the Live tour was not just a reaction, but also a means by which we could try to help people deal with their frustration.’

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