Columbus plays host to a five-time Grammy-winning powerhouse of modern jazz next week. CAPA presents trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard (photo by Henry Adebonojo) and his current quintet, The E-Collective, at the Lincoln Theatre on Friday, June 29th at 8pm. Tickets are available at at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. Blanchard and The E-Collective, which features Charles Altura on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano and synthesizers, Oscar Seaton on drums, and David “DJ” Ginyard on bass, are touring in support of new album Live, which “address[es] the epidemic of gun violence with seven powerful songs that reflect the bitter frustration of the conscious masses and provide emotional healing.” Keep reading for full details from CAPA, and prepare for an evening of true artistic, cultural and community impact.
The Lincoln to Host Grammy-Winning Jazz Artist Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective June 29
2018 USA Fellow and five-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard is an artistic force making powerful musical statements on painful American tragedies past and present. In his new album, Live, Blanchard and his current quintet, The E-Collective, address the epidemic of gun violence with seven powerful songs that reflect the bitter frustration of the conscious masses and provide emotional healing. With a title that carries a pointed double meaning, the album is an impassioned continuation of the band’s 2015 Grammy-nominated studio recording, Breathless.
CAPA presents Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St.) on Friday, June 29, at 8 pm. Tickets are $26.50 and $36.50 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.
From his expansive work composing the scores for Spike Lee films ranging from the documentary 4 Little Girls to the epic Malcolm X, as well as his own discography of recordings such as A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina),Terence Blanchard has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements. His new album, Live (April 2018), was symbolically culled from concerts performed at venues in three communities that have experience escalating conflicts between law enforcement and African-American citizens. The project condemns all manner of gun violence whether against profiled citizens of color or targeted members of law enforcement.
Discussing the origin of The E-Collective, Blanchard states, “I didn’t put this group together to be a protest band. We started out wanting to play music to inspire young people that didn’t want to play jazz to play instrumental music on its highest level. In this computer age, we saw too many kids playing music, but not trying to learn theory or master their craft. However, while we were on tour in Europe, Mike Brown got shot. Trayvon Martin had already been murdered. And back then it seemed like these shootings were happening every month. That’s when I felt we had to stand up and make a statement with our 2015 album, Breathless. After touring that music for two years, we couldn’t just let it go.”
Experimental, electric, and exotic, The E-Collective consists of Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Charles Altura on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano and synthesizers, Oscar Seaton on drums, and new addition David “DJ” Ginyard on bass.
Blanchard began playing piano at age 5, and later trumpet in summer camps alongside childhood friend Wynton Marsalis. While studying jazz at Rutgers University, Blanchard was invited to play with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in 1982 before Marsalis recommended him as his replacement in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Following a string of collaborative recordings, he released his first self-titled solo album in 1991, leading to a string of acclaimed, often conceptual works and more than 40 movie scores, primarily feature films and documentaries for director Spike Lee, including HBO’s When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.
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Support for the Lincoln Theatre’s 2017-18 season is provided in part by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the City of Columbus, Franklin County, Nationwide, and the Ohio Arts Council to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
About the Lincoln Theatre
First opened in 1928, the Lincoln Theatre is a landmark in African-American and jazz history. After undergoing a $13.5 million renovation funded by a partnership of public and private support, the Lincoln reopened in May 2009 as a multi-use, state-of-the-art performing arts and education center serving the diversity of the Columbus and central Ohio community. The Lincoln is a bustling hub of activity 365 days a year hosting performances, rehearsals, and classes in the performing arts, as well as a wide variety of community events such as film festivals, meetings, and receptions.
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund CAPA’s 2017-18 season with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CAPA also appreciates the generous support of The National Endowment for the Arts, the Martha G. Staub and Willis H. Liggett Funds of The Columbus Foundation, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
Owner/operator of downtown Columbus’ magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the Riffe Center Theatre Complex, Lincoln Theatre, Drexel Theatre (Bexley, OH), Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts (New Albany, OH), and the Shubert Theater (New Haven, CT), CAPA is a non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment. For more information, visit www.capa.com.