Terence Blanchard Biography, Age, Family, Award, Albums and Net Worth

Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard Biography

Terence Blanchard is an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and music educator. He began his career in 1980 as a member of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, then Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He has composed more than forty film scores and performed on more than fifty. He received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Score on Spike Lee’s 2018 film BlacKkKlansman.

Terence has served as artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz since 2000.  He was named artistic director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami in 2011. In the fall of 2015, he was named a visiting scholar in jazz composition at Berklee College of Music.

Terence Blanchard Age

Terence was born on March 13, 1962, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is 59 years old.

Terence Blanchard Family

Terence was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the son of Wilhelmina and Joseph Oliver Blanchard. Terence’s father was a manager at an insurance company and a part-time opera singer. He started playing piano at the age of five, then the trumpet at age eight after hearing Alvin Alcorn.

Terence played trumpet with his childhood friend Wynton Marsalis in summer music camps but showed no proficiency on the instrument. In high school, he studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts under Roger Dickerson and Ellis Marsalis Jr. He studied under jazz saxophonist Paul Jeffrey and trumpeter Bill Fielder at Rutgers University from 1980 to 1982.

Terence Blanchard E Collective

Blanchard’s album, Breathless, with his new band, The E-Collective, was released by Blue Note Records on May 26, 2015. Featuring Maroon 5’s PJ Morton on three cuts, and JRei Oliver, Terence’s son, on spoken word, the core band consists of Fabian Almazan on keyboards, Charles Altura on guitar, Donald Ramsey on bass, and Oscar Seaton on drums.

Cuepoint, on the web publishing site, Medium, published Blanchard’s essay, “Using Music to Underscore Three Words: I Can’t Breathe” which details Blanchard’s revulsion by the death of Eric Garner and how the subsequent “I Can’t Breathe” campaign inspired the series of songs the E-Collective created for the album.

Terence Blanchard Inside Man Songs

  • Ten Thirty
  • Thrown a Bone
  • Stevie Switcharoo
  • Dalton’s World
  • 2nd Floor Window
  • Defend Brooklyn
  • Food Chain
  • Above Your Pay Grade
  • Everything Hunky Dory
  • Frazier’s Tour
  • Press Here To Play
  • Nothing Yet
  • Demands In Place
  • Here Lies Peter Hammond
  • Nazis Pay Too Well
  • Nice Talking To You
  • They Bugged Us
  • Hostage Takedown
  • Dr. Phil
  • Photo Ops
  • Esu Search
  • Dalton’s Cell
  • Follow the Ring
  • Good and Ready
  • Chaiyya Chaiyya Bollywood Joint

Terence Blanchard Magnetic

Terence released Magnetic on May 28, 2013, on Blue Note Records. Magnetic is a studio album. It was released on 28 May 2013 via the Blue Note label. Magnetic is his return to the label after a period of six years.  The record contains 10 original tracks by band members. For the track “Don’t Run”, the album was nominated in 2014 for Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.

Terence Blanchard Albums




Motherless Child
Wandering Wonder
Tomorrow’s Just a Luxury
Gordon Jenkins
Au Privave
Charlie Parker
Sing Soweto
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
Ned Washington, George Bassman
Amazing Grace
John Newton

Terence Blanchard Tour

  • Thursday 28 February 2019
    Terence Blanchard
    Revolution Hall – Portland, Portland, OR, US
  • Thursday 11 April 2019
    Terence Blanchard
    Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas, Austin, TX, US

Terence Blanchard Jazz In Film

Jazz in Film is a studio album by Trumpeter Terence. The film was released on March 2, 1999, via Sony Records.

Terence Blanchard A Tale Of God’s Will

A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) is a studio album. It was recorded in 2007 by Terence Blanchard Quintet. Originally it was released on August 14, 2007, via the Blue Note label.

Terence won a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2008, and was nominated for Best Jazz Instrument Solo for his work on the song “Levees”.

Terence Blanchard Inside Man

Inside Man is a 2006 American heist thriller film. It is directed by Spike Lee and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film is based on an elaborate bank heist on Wall Street over a 24-hour period.

It stars Denzel Washington as Detective Keith Frazier, the NYPD’s hostage negotiator, Clive Owen as Dalton Russell, the mastermind who orchestrates the heist, and Jodie Foster as Madeleine White, a Manhattan power broker who becomes involved at the request of the bank’s founder, Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer), to keep something in his safe deposit box protected from the robbers. This film marks the fourth film collaboration between Washington and Lee.

Terence Blanchard Flow

Flow is a studio album by jazz trumpeter Terence. The album was released on June 7, 2005, through Blue Note. In 2005 it was nominated for a “Best Jazz Instrumental Album” Grammy Award.

Terence The Heart Speaks

The Heart Speaks is a studio album by jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard. The album was released on February 6, 1996, via Columbia. On this record, Terence joins with a team that includes Ivan Lins, Paulinho da Costa, and Oscar Castro-Neves. The album was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 1997

Terence Bounce

Bounce is a 2003 jazz album by Terence Blanchard, released through Blue Note.

Terence The Billie Holiday Songbook

In My Solitude: The Billie Holiday Songbook is a jazz album by American trumpeter Terence Blanchard and vocalist Jeanie Bryson. It was released on the Columbia label in 1994.

Terence Let’s Get Lost

Let’s Get Lost is a jazz album by Grammy-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard. It was released in 20o1.  In this album, there are four very well-known female vocalists to help him, Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, Dianne Reeves, and Cassandra Wilson.

Terence Choices

Choices is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard.[6][7] The album was released on August 18, 2009, via Concord Jazz and Universal Music Group International labels.

Terence Donald Harrison

Terence alongside Blakey, Donald Harrison, and Mulgrew Miller played, recording five albums from 1984 to 1988. He left the Jazz Messengers in 1990 to pursue a solo career.