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Oct. 6, 2003

Blanchard Plays Horn, Discusses Spike Lee Oct. 22-23

New Orleans jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard will lead his sextet in a Hancher Auditorium concert, interact with students in classrooms throughout the state on the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) and discuss his film collaborations with Spike Lee during a two-day visit to the University of Iowa. The Hancher concert will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.

Blanchard will discuss his composing and arranging for Spike Lee films -- including "Summer of Sam," "Crooklyn," "Malcolm X," "Jungle Fever," "Get on the Bus" and "Mo' Better Blues" -- in an open forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Room 346 of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is co-sponsored by the UI Department of Communication Studies and the Center for Cinema and Culture.

Blanchard's Blue Note Records debut, "Bounce," arrived in stores late this summer, adding to a discography of more than 20 releases -- several of them Grammy Award-nominated -- during the last 20 years. Hancher is part of a "Bounce" tour that includes prominent jazz venues including the JVC Jazz Festival in Newport, the Blue Note in New York, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Yoshi's in Oakland and the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles. Following the Hancher concert, the band will travel south to perform at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.

During the last two decades, Blanchard has become established as one of the most prominent and influential composers, arrangers and performers in jazz.

His cinema scores, performances and arrangements include more than 30 films, most recently Ron Shelton's "Dark Blue," Spike Lee's "The 25th Hour" (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination) and "Jim Brown -- All American," and the run-away comedy hit "Barbershop."

A committed educator, Blanchard is the artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the University of Southern California. At the UI, he will interact with students in Iowa classrooms through the ICN at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. For further information, contact Emily Hansen at 319-335-0009, or

Support for the Terence Blanchard concert comes from the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel and Morgan's Bar and Grill, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for the concert are $38, $35 and $32 ($30.40 and $12 for UI students; $30.40, $28 and $25.60 for senior citizens; and half price for audience members 17 and younger) from the Hancher box office.

The first of Hancher's 2003-2004 pre-performance dinners in the Hancher Cafe will precede the Oct. 23 concert. The Cajun feast in honor of Blanchard's New Orleans heritage, beginning at 6 p.m., costs $25 per person. Advance purchase is required, and a very limited number of reservations remain available from the box office.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: .

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