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Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Terence Blanchard (photo by Nitin Vadukul)
Terence Blanchard (photo by Nitin Vadukul)

At this year’s Tanglewood Jazz Festival in the bucolic Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, feelings of irony and concern were inescapable. Trumpeter-composer Terence Blanchard was the three-day event’s final act, presenting his Grammy-winning A Tale of God’s Will (Requiem for Katrina) project in its entirety, with his quintet augmented by a 35-piece orchestra. It was three years almost to the day since Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters devastated his city, and Hurricane Gustav was bearing down on the Gulf Coast with then-uncertain impact.

“I come here with a heavy heart,” Blanchard told the audience at the start of his 90-minute Sunday evening concert. “I ask all of you to say a prayer for the folks living along the Gulf Coast.”

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