City Slang: Grammy-winning trumpeter returning to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra



The DSO has announced that five-time Grammy winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard will return as the Jazz Creative Director Chair next season.

According to a press release, “e’s programmed an all-star 2014-15 Paradise Jazz Series season beginning with the virtuosic vocalist Dianne Reeves, followed by appearances by the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, award-winning saxophonist and Detroit native Kenny Garrett, Wayne Shorter Quartet, father-son duo John & Gerald Clayton and Blanchard’s own Quintet paired with the DSO, conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin.”

“In the DSO’s first ensemble appearance on the Paradise Jazz Series, Blanchard will present his own Grammy-winning composition, A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating aftermath in Blanchard’s native New Orleans.”

“Blanchard is the only jazz chair in the history of the series that has committed to making special guest appearances throughout the season. His first appearance will be February 6, 2014, when he teams up with Vince Mendoza, Sean Jones, Peter Erskine and Christian McBride for the Midwest premiere of “Miles Davis & Gil Evans: Still Ahead,” presenting music from Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain.”

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