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Terence Blanchard: Cinematic View

Terence Blanchard

For the past dozen years, ever since hooking up with filmmaker Spike Lee on School Daze (1987), trumpeter Terence Blanchard has amassed an impressive body of work as a soundtrack composer. Some of his milestones along the way in that milieu have included original, highly evocative scores for Lee’s Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), Clockers (1995) and the Academy Award-nominated documentary Four Little Girls (1997) along with the score for Eve’s Bayou and the HBO film Gia . And yet, the New Orleans native considers himself a relative rookie in the field of film scoring.

“I feel very fortunate to have the film career that I’ve had and meet the people that I’ve met,” he says. “But it’s kind of strange because I still think of myself as a beginner in this thing. I’m not Jerry Goldsmith or Elmer Bernstein or John Williams or any of those guys. I’m the new guy on the block, so I’m still trying to figure it all out.”

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