Terence Blanchard: A Tale of God’s Will

Terence Blanchard: A Tale of God’s Will


Terence Blanchard Quintet

w/ Opera Parallèle Orchestra
conducted by Nicole Paiement

A Tale of God’s Will

Sunday, April 12, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Resident Artistic Director Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard: A Tale of God’s Will

Trumpet virtuoso and composer Terence Blanchard revisits his transcendent GRAMMY-winning project A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a highly personal meditation on the devastating toll taken by Hurricane Katrina written for his quintet and string orchestra. The project originated in 2005 when director Spike Lee commissioned Blanchard, a New Orleans native, to compose the score for his HBO documentary on the hurricane and its aftermath, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. After submitting his music for the film, the trumpeter expanded the composition to a large-scale work that includes compositional contributions from the members of his quintet, in an effort to make the piece inclusive of multiple perspectives. The work closes with the song “Dear Mom,” the leader’s personal tribute to his mother, who survived the floodwaters, though her home did not. The recording featured Blanchard’s band augmented by the 40-member Northwest Sinfonia, and won the GRAMMY for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” in 2008 and a nomination for the composer’s solo on the track “Levees.” For this performance, Blanchard’s band is again accompanied by a string orchestra to help bring this unforgettable document of tragedy and redemption to life.

Artist Personnel

Terence Blanchard trumpet
Brice Winston tenor saxophone
Fabian Almazan piano
Joshua Crumbly bass
Justin Brown drums

Orchestra TBA

Artist Website

"Terence Blanchard scores the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with empathy and grace. " — JazzTimes
"…a purposeful convergence of his film-composer and jazz-musician identities….The result is a melancholy suite that feels both intensely personal and broadly cinematic. " — The New York Times
"A trumpeter of expressive urgency and a composer of expansive vision. " — The New York Times