Grammy-winning jazz musician Blanchard shares experience with UH students

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on November 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 15 at 7:20 PM

HOUSTON – Imagine getting a one-on-one music lesson from one of the best musicians in the world. It’s happening this week for students at the University of Houston, who are learning from Grammy award-winning trumpet player, Terence Blanchard.

Blanchard is sitting in with the university’s Jazz Orchestra, spreading a little knowledge.

“The thing I always try and tell the students is that I don’t need you to come out here and be Miles Davis, I don’t need you to come out here and be me, we need people who are going to be individuals.” Blanchard said.

Blanchard has done that, blazing his own creative trail, from band leader to scoring music for movies starring actors like Denzel Washington. He even recently wrote his first opera, “Champion,” about the life of a former boxer.

However, this week, he is teaching and performing at UH’s Moore School of Music.

“Well, the thing about teaching, you want to have the light bulb go off, you want them to have that moment,” Blanchard said.

He has given one-on-one tutoring sessions to these students, and is rehearsing for a concert they will do together. The New Orleans native is always pushing for excellence.

Even after all his accomplishments, he still took time to share his expertise in Houston, helping to inspire the next generation of jazz musicians.

The UH Jazz Orchestra concert, featuring Terence Blanchard, will take place 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Moore’s Opera House.

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