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Thursday June 13, 2019

From The UCLA Newsroom

Grammy-winner Terence Blanchard named first Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies
By: Ariane Bicho

“Terence Blanchard, a six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter, composer and music educator who in 2019 received an Oscar nomination for best original score for Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ has been named the first Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

The chair was established to honor Burrell, a legendary jazz guitarist, and composer, for his 20 years (from 1996 to 2016) as founder and director of jazz studies at UCLA. The chair is a key component of the school’s new global jazz studies program, ensuring that the program will attract the highest caliber of jazz instruction at UCLA for generations to come.

‘Terence’s accomplishments are impressive and astounding for their range,’ said school of music Dean Judith Smith, who initiated the creation of the chair in 2016. ‘His commitment to educating the next generation of jazz artists and his devotion to illuminating social justice issues through his music embody our UCLA values and align with the mission of our global jazz studies program.’ “

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