A riveting live performer, bandleader, and composer, Grammy Award–winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard and his ensemble--Fabian Almazan, pianist; Brice Winston, saxophonist; Kendrick Scott, percussionist; Joshua Crumbly, bassist; Lionel Loueke, guitarist--return to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 2011. As a prominent member of the current Blue Note roster, Blanchard has released four albums including the Grammy-nominated Magnetic released last year, and has also worked extensively as a film composer for films by such directors as Spike Lee and George Lucas, among many others. Of Blanchard, NPR says he "combines a love for the music of his native New Orleans with modern hard bop and a spirit of innovation."
Blue Note at 75 Celebration
The Kennedy Center celebrates the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, the Finest in Jazz Since 1939, with some of the iconic label's most notable musicians in this jazz extravaganza featuring a week of mainstage concerts as well as some of its newest artists in free Millennium Stage performances. Related lectures, film screenings, photo exhibits, and more will be held at other locations in Washington, D.C., in collaborative events hosted by the Library of Congress, the Goethe-Institut, and the German Historical Institute (full schedule to be announced at a later date).