The Jazzcat

Terence Blanchard at The Grand Performances California Plaza

by on Jul.16, 2005, under News


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California Plaza, located in the business and arts district in downtown Los Angeles, is a Mecca

for free cultural summer fun and entertainment. The lovely LeAnne Hahn

and the rest of the folks at Grand Performances do an excellent job at

selecting the finest in world class entertainment for the public to






Tonight, Cal Plaza

is packed with over “Flowing” anticipation of one of today’s hottest

groups in jazz music. Terence Blanchard is here and he is particularly

fond of the synchronicity that his latest group of fine young musicians

posses. The colors of the music and the apparel of the musicians lend

warmth to a cool Los Angeles

summer evening. After a day of extremely gorgeous warm sunshine, it is

an unexpectedly cool evening and Terence makes reference to the weather

as he relates and gets comfortable with the audience.





He has a good time

clowning his musicians as he introduces them. You can tell Terence has

much love for the kinship of this band and that closeness is expressed

on stage though the music. He shares with the audience how his latest

creation of all original music, “Flow,” was created. One by one as he

spoke of them, each of his visionaries started vibing on their

instrument until music was “Flowing” in full swing. From a thought to a

feeling an, in an instant, music, funky jazz music is created.  





That is how it is

done! The evolution of the creativity that lies within all of us

becomes manifested for the world to enjoy from that point forward. I

interviewed Terence earlier last month and he said that the music is

different every night. “These guys take the music in directions that I

would not think of going and it turns out to be hip” And hip it is. The

heads are movin’ and the crowd is certainly feeling the music. This is

music that reflects our time and our lives in the spirit of now.

Feelings, moods, cities, crowds, the weather and all kinds of variables

are constantly changing. As the world turns on its axis, a new

perspective of life is created that comes out through the music.





This is original

music with a style and grace all its own that expands to the extreme

branches of the tree of jazz. Taking the genre and pushing the

boundaries to include today’s sound as well as those from the past.

These cats take their instruments and find new ways of playing them

while incorporating those sounds into the wonderful rhythms they






Pick up Terence’s new

album “Flow” on Blue Note Records. If you would like to read a cool

interview that I did with Terence, Click Below!



Terence Blanchard Interview



LeRoy Downs









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