Lineup includes Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, McCoy Tyner and more

DETROIT, (March 14, 2013) – Today, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) unveiled a star-studded lineup for its 2013-14 Paradise Jazz Series – a compilation of six one-night-only appearances hand-picked by the legendary jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard.  Five-time Grammy Award-winning Blanchard joined the DSO as the Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair beginning with the 2012-13 season of the Paradise Jazz Series, sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit.

“As the DSO’s Jazz Chair, I am absolutely thrilled about the 13.14 Paradise Jazz Series and look forward to sharing the Orchestra Hall stage with such an amazing array of incredible musicians over the course of the upcoming season,” said Blanchard.

Blanchard is the only jazz chair in the history of the series that has committed to making special guest appearances throughout the season. His first appearance will be February 6, 2014, when he teams up with Peter Erskine, Sean Jones and Christian McBride for the Midwest premiere of “Miles Davis & Gil Evans: Still Ahead,” presenting music from Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain.

Subscriptions to the 2013-14 Paradise Jazz Series are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (313) 576-5111 or visiting dso.org. Single tickets will go on sale August 2013.  Subscriptions start at $90.

The season is scheduled as follows:

An Evening with Branford Marsalis

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8 p.m.

One of the most respected and influential musicians of his generation, Tony Award nominee, and the eldest son in the “first family of jazz.” Branford Marsalis makes his long-awaited return to the Orchestra Hall stage along with his top-notch quartet that features pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and electrifying young drummer Justin Faulkner. Prepare to witness an astounding performance from one of the most innovative and forward‐thinking jazz ensembles around today!

Patti Austin’s Swinging Christmas: A Tribute to Ella and Duke

Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 4 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday season with Grammy Award winning vocalist Patti Austin as she pays homage to jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. “She can lovingly evoke Ella’s signature up-and-down octave leaps, hearty swoops and playful scats,” declares The Kansas City Star. All your enduring Ellington favorites, holiday hits, and more! Austin will be joined by pianist Michael Ricchiuti, bassist Richard Hammond and drummer Steve Hass.  It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t there to swing!

Miles Davis & Gil Evans: Still Ahead

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Presenting music from Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain

Orchestra directed by Vince Mendoza, featuring Terence Blanchard, Peter Erskine, Sean Jones and Christian McBride

The collaboration between arranger/composer Gil Evans and Miles Davis delivered a powerhouse of iconic recordings that are now staples of jazz — Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain. Be there for the recreation of the landmark original Gil Evans arrangements in the Midwest premiere of “Still Ahead.” Conductor Vince Mendoza leads an all-star orchestra featuring trumpet soloists Terence Blanchard and Sean Jones, top musicians from New York and Los Angeles and select members from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This program has received universal acclaim at the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz Festival and the James Moody Jazz Festival.

Terence Blanchard and Friends featuring Ravi Coltrane and Lionel Loueke

Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8 p.m.

A member of a jazz legacy that has shaped the contours of modern jazz today, New Orleans native Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation. With more than 31 CDs to his credit, over 50 film scores, and the Jazz Opera “Champion”, Blanchard is a five-time Grammy Award winner and the recipient of a Golden Globe nod.

Blanchard is no stranger to the Orchestra Hall stage – in his second year as the DSO’s Jazz Chair, he returns with his quintet plus special guests and Blue Note label mates saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and Benin-born guitar virtuoso Lionel Loueke featuring music from his new CD “Magnetic.”

McCoy Tyner Quartet featuring Terence Blanchard

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.

NEA Jazz Master and celebrated pianist McCoy Tyner, who now carries the torch as the only surviving member of the legendary John Coltrane Quartet, is “still playing fierce, uncompromising, and delightful music,” exclaims JazzTimes magazine critic. His sophisticated chords and explosively percussive left hand have become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. He is the “real McCoy,” and not to be missed!

DSO Jazz Chair Terence Blanchard will be featured alongside Tyner’s Quartet on this special evening to perform music from Tyner’s Grammy winning album “Illuminations.”

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band

Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Best known for his ability to blend the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the jazz influences Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner, nine-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palimieri is one of the most exciting and renowned Latin pianists and bandleaders of his time. With an extraordinary musical career that spans over half a century, he continues to push the boundaries with his unique approach and legendary style.

About Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation, a member of a jazz legacy that has shaped the contours of modern jazz today. With more than 31 CDs to his credit, Blanchard is a five-time Grammy Award winner and has received multiple Grammy nominations as well as a Golden Globe nod.

Blanchard recently completed work on Lucasfilm’s, Red Tails starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr., Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Emmy Award winner Bryan Lee Cranston. In addition to composing the music for the Broadway remake of A Streetcar Named Desire, he has also been commissioned by the Opera St. Louis for a project that will premiere in 2013.

As a film composer, Blanchard has more than 50 scores to his credit and received a Golden Globe nomination for Spike Lee’s 25th Hour. Blanchard’s music was also recently featured in Spike Lee/HBO’s If God is Willing and Da’ Creek Don’t Rise, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster and the sequel to the critically-acclaimed 2006 film, When The Levees Broke.  The film shows the current state of Blanchard’s native New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina, and follows the lives of several individuals and their families in the aftermath of one of the worst disasters to occur in U.S. history.  Blanchard won a Grammy for his 2007 CD “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina),” which included tracks from Levees.

Blanchard has served as artistic director at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and currently serves as Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.


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