Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter, composer, and music educator Terence Blanchard has been named the first Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music.
The chair was established to honor Burrell, a legendary jazz guitarist and composer. Burrell founded the jazz studies program at UCLA and served as director from 1996 to 2016. UCLA started the search five months ago, seeking a senior faculty member who will help establish the the school’s new Global Jazz Studies major. The position is essential for the school’s new global jazz studies program, ensuring that the program will attract the highest caliber of jazz instruction at UCLA, according to school officials.