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Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective [Jazz Series]

"Terence Blanchard has one of the great charged tones in modern jazz. His protean trumpet can come off sleek or soulful, invigorated or exasperated, often all those at once." — Gambit

Oxford American logoUCA Fine Arts logo8:00 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective to Little Rock! This is the fourth and final show in our 2016-2017 Jazz Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. The series is made possible in part by presenting sponsors UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication and Cypress Properties, Inc.

Cypress Properties logoAdditional season partners include Chris Harkins of Raymond James, Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South DivisionCapital HotelStella Boyle Smith TrustDowntown Little Rock Partnership, Arkansas Arts CouncilStacy Hamilton of Pulaski Heights RealtyEntergy ArkansasRosen Music Company, and Piano Kraft

Tickets are on available via Metrotix.com or by calling (800) 293-5949. Single tickets are $25 (General Admission), $50 (Reserved), and $52 (Premium Reserved). Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart). Full season ticket pricing and options are also available in a consolidated format, here.


Since top-tier jazz and multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and -based artist has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material, composing over fifty soundtracks, and even, in 2013, debuting Champion: An Opera in Jazz. He has also, in the spirit of his onetime membership in the jazz school of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, mentored several musicians in his bands who have gone on to have significant recording careers of their own, including Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott, and one of his current band members, Fabian Almazan.

As a leader and co-leader (significantly of four albums early in his career with fellow Crescent City artist, saxophonist Donald Harrison), Blanchard has recorded more than thirty albums that often defied genres, yet were still critically acclaimed. But, for his latest Blue Note Records album, Breathless, Blanchard powerfully and playfully journeys into another jazz realm with his new quintet, The E-Collective—an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B, and blues colors.

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