Blanchard, Terence (Oliver)
- Matthew Alan Thomas
(b New Orleans, 13 March 1962). American trumpeter and film composer. He began piano lessons at the age of five and switched to the trumpet in 1970. While enrolled at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (from 1978), he met the saxophonist Donald Harrison. In 1980 he won a music scholarship to Rutgers University and toured with Lionel Hampton’s Orchestra. Two years later he and Harrison replaced Wynton and Branford Marsalis in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Following the success of their joint album New York Second Line (1984, Concord), they left the group in 1986. Blanchard began collaborating with the filmmaker Spike Lee when he was invited to play on the soundtrack of School Daze in 1988, and he subsequently performed on Do the Right Thing in 1989. That year Blanchard curtailed his recording and performing in order to develop a new embouchure. After composing the score for Lee’s ...