The Kennedy Center

Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective

The Crossroads Club: Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective: Breathless

Saturday, October 22, 2016 8:00 PM

JFK Centennial Celebration Jazz

Multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and film score composer Terence Blanchard, who continues to push the boundaries of sound, purpose, and reach for the art form, performs with his contemporary electronic quintet.

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Through his contemporary electronic group, the E-Collective, and its latest recording, Breathless (Blue Note), trumpeter Terence Blanchard comments on social justice in contemporary America. The CD title acknowledges the Eric Garner "I Can't Breathe" quote, which has become a rallying cry to protestors worldwide; following Garner's death in 2014--the result of a chokehold by an NYPD police officer--the incident sparked an international movement against police brutality. Blanchard continues to evolve as a bandleader, constantly shifting his ensembles, of which this is his latest. Read about a recent performance of Breathless in The New York Times

The Crossroads Club features expansive standing room only for moving to the music, drinks available for purchase, and high-top tables.

Part of Terence Blanchard All-In, a yearlong residency that includes collaborations, a headlining appearance, and a mentorship role to young D.C. public school students.
Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.

Performance Timing: 75 minutes, with no intermission.