Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Blanchard, Terence, trumpeter, composer; b. New Orleans, LA, 13 March 1962. Blanchard began piano studies at the age of five, and started playing the trumpet at the age of eight. During his early teens he studied with Ellis Marsalis, and furthered his education with his work with Paul Jeffrey and Bill Fielder at Rutgers University in New Jersey during the early 1980s. Blanchard came to prominence in the jazz world as sideman with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers during the mid-1980s, and also recorded as a leader, alongside saxophonist Donald Harrison, on a series of projects for the Concord, Evidence and Columbia labels during this same period. Since 1990, Blanchard has led his own group, and has also been active as a film composer and jazz educator.