Terence Blanchard

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.

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Wayne Shorter, John Daversa, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Buddy Guy are among the jazz and blues winners at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

They received their honors during the Premiere Ceremony at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, in a ceremony streamed online, before the network broadcast on CBS.