Terence Blanchard Named Chair for Detroit Symphony

Trumpeter will also perform at Paradise Jazz Series shows

Terence Blanchard performing at the 2011 Playboy Jazz Festival image 0
Peter Iovino

Terence Blanchard performing at the 2011 Playboy Jazz Festival

Terence Blanchard has been named the Jazz Creative Chair for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, beginning with the 2012-13 season of the Paradise Jazz Series. The trumpeter/composer has also chosen the program for the series, a collection of one-night-only appearances.

In his role, Blanchard will assist in curating the acts for the Paradise Jazz series and contribute to community education initiatives. He also plans to make special guest appearances throughout the season, serving as host and at times even performing with the featured acts.

Blanchard’s first appearance at Orchestra Hall as Chair will be May 4, when he teams up with Poncho Sanchez for “Cubano Be, Cubano Bop,” a tribute to the relationship between Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie. Blanchard and Sanchez’s CD of the same name was released last fall.

Subscriptions to the 2012-13 Paradise Jazz Series are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (313) 576-5111 or visiting DSO.

The Paradise Jazz Series season is scheduled as follows:

Cassandra Wilson

Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Creole Christmas

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 8 p.m.

The Jack DeJohnette Group 70th Birthday Tour

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour 55th Anniversary

Feat. Christian McBride, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter and Ambrose Akinmusire

Friday, March 28, 2013 at 8 p.m.

The Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band

Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Dave Holland/Kenny Barron

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 8 p.m.