Spike Lee

Da 5 Bloods
Harlan Jacobson

Spike Lee has made some 25 feature films and five documentaries in a career devoted to putting the black American experience onscreen. His latest film is Da 5 Bloods.

Terence Blanchard wrote his first piece of music for a Spike Lee joint nearly 30 years ago.

 

The movie was Mo' Better Blues, which revolves around a brooding jazz trumpeter played by Denzel Washington. Blanchard was on set to ghost those trumpet parts, but at one point, Spike heard him playing a theme at the piano, and asked him to write an accompanying string arrangement.

 

Henry Adebonojo

Terence Blanchard wrote his first piece of music for a Spike Lee joint nearly 30 years ago.

The movie was Mo' Better Blues, which revolves around a brooding jazz trumpeter played by Denzel Washington. Blanchard was on set to ghost those trumpet parts, but at one point, Spike heard him playing a theme at the piano, and asked him to write an accompanying string arrangement.