Welcome to Frank Pozen's Big Bad Blog. A lot of folks have been asking me to update them about my recovery. So I thought I would start a blog primarily to do that but also to talk about other topics of interest including the wrestling business and whatever else I can think of. I plan to update this on a regular basis so check back and leave a comment if you wish.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Terence Blanchard concert review
It was a great night last night when jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard performed at the Humber College Lakeshore campus. You may be aware that Humber has a world famous jazz course and they bring in several musicians as guest instructors. Blanchard taught classes since Monday and last night played with Humber students. And it was ten minutes from my apartment. The first half of the show was called The Humber Terence Blanchard Project. All the musicians are Humber students including Eli Bennett on tenor sax, Mikko Hilden on guitar, Carl Bray on piano, Mike Archer on bass and Will Fisher on drums. They performed several Blanchard compositions and the Wayne Shorter classic Footprints. All the musicians got the chance to shine and did very well especially when you consider that this was basically a pickup band of students. The second half of the show was with The Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble and The Humber Strings conducted by Denny Christianson. The program was based on Blanchard's 1999 CD Jazz In Film. Of course Blanchard has composed several film scores but Hollywood people still tell him that jazz and movies don't mix. Jazz influence in film music is nothing new and that's what Jazz In Film is all about. Selections included Alex North's A Steetcar Named Desire, Duke Ellington's Anatomy Of A Murder, Bernard Herrmann's Taxi Driver and Elmer Bernstein's The Man With The Golden Arm. It was a great performance that demonstrated Blanchard's versatility to the Humber students. It was a great concert. Next month sax legend James Moody is coming to Humber. I may have to check that out too. The pic is courtesy of Jazzfm91.