Jazz in Film – Terence Blanchard


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Jazz in Film

Terence Blanchard’s Jazz in Film: A Masterpiece of Jazz and Cinema

cover Photo by Dirk Neven

We’re excited to introduce an album that has been on our list for such a long time – “Jazz in Film” by Terence Blanchard. This remarkable album serves as a captivating intersection of cinema music and jazz, making it a must-listen if you’re both a jazz aficionado and a film lover (and who isn’t, really?)..

The album features Blanchard’s reinterpretations of classic jazz themes from films such as Anatomy of a Murder, Taxi Driver, A Streetcar Named Desire, and many more.

A Brief Introduction to Terence Blanchard

Born in New Orleans in 1962, Blanchard began playing trumpet at the age of eight. He quickly rose through the ranks of the New Orleans jazz scene, and by the time he was in high school, he was performing with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Lionel Hampton and Art Blakey. In 1982, Blanchard replaced Wynton Marsalis as the lead trumpeter in Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, where he remained for four years.

During his time with the Jazz Messengers, Blanchard also began to release his own albums as a bandleader. His debut album, Terence Blanchard (1983), was critically acclaimed, and he quickly established himself as one of the leading voices in the post-bop jazz movement. Blanchard has since released over twenty albums as a leader, and his music has been praised for its technical brilliance, its emotional depth, and its innovative spirit.

Photo by Derek Bridges

Terence Blanchard, a highly accomplished trumpeter and composer, is a well-known figure in the world of film scoring. He’s rightfully recognized as one of the most celebrated and versatile musicians of our time. Alongside his Grammy Award-winning career as a jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator, Blanchard has made a name for himself as a film score composer. He has an impressive portfolio of over 60 films to his credit, including notable works such as Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” and “BlacKkKlansman.”

Jazz in Film

Jazz in Film (1999) Terence Blanchard

Jazz in Film features an all-star lineup of musicians, including saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Carl Allen. The album is a showcase for Blanchard’s trumpet playing, which is both lyrical and expressive. Blanchard’s arrangements of the classic jazz themes are innovative and exciting, and he brings a fresh perspective to these familiar pieces.

“Main Theme” from Anatomy of a Murder

The album opens with a powerful rendition of Duke Ellington’s “Main Theme” from the 1959 film Anatomy of a Murder. Blanchard’s trumpet solo is soaring and passionate, and the band provides a driving accompaniment.

“The Subterraneans”

John Lewis’ “The Subterraneans” from the 1958 film of the same name is a more subdued and introspective piece. Blanchard’s trumpet playing is delicate and lyrical, and the harmony, along with the silky strings in the background, create a pure heaven. This is the track to listen to if you plan to enjoy this album late at night.

Full Tracklist

  1. Main Theme (From Anatomy of a Murder)
  2. The Subterraneans (From The Subterraneans)
  3. Clockers (From Clockers)
  4. Moanin’ (From The Jazz Messengers at Newport)
  5. Cantaloupe Island (From Blow-Up)
  6. Taxi Driver Theme (From Taxi Driver)
  7. Man with the Golden Arm (From Man with the Golden Arm)
  8. Chinatown (From Chinatown)
  9. Degas’ Racing World (From Degas’ Racing World)
The Album Release Date

March 2, 1999




JazzStage & Screen


Post-BopStraight-Ahead JazzFilm MusicJazz InstrumentSoundtracksTrumpet Jazz

Recording Date

March 17, 1998 – April 7, 1998

Recording Location

Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY

Signet Soundelux Studios, L.A., CA

Studio B, New York, NY