Presented by: BCT Presents
Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Orchestra Pit: $45.00
Orchestra & Lower Balcony: $40.00
Bench Seats & Upper Balcony: $35.00
|Saturday, May 19th 8:00 pm||Buy Tickets|
Composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard said that “[m]usic and art have the power to change hearts and souls.” It is a belief brought to life through the work of Blanchard and his E-Collective, a revolutionary ensemble that thrives on the perfect mixture of Blanchard’s genius and the innovations of four young musical pioneers: guitarist Charles Altura, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist David “DJ” Ginyard, Jr., and drummer Oscar Seaton. “This band represents the best of America’s ideals. We’re five very different personalities with different visions who play together for a common goal: creating music that hopefully heals hearts and opens minds.”
Blanchard and Seaton began to foster the idea of a band that layered grooves teeming with funk, R&B, and blues colors while recording the scores for Spike Lee’s Inside Man and Kasi Lemmons’ Talk to Me. Years later, that dream came to fruition and formed the foundation for the E-Collective’s signature sound. Heralded as “a trumpeter of expressive urgency and a composer of expansive vision” by the New York Times, Blanchard and the E-Collective are not only a stellar quintet but the natural next dimension for a master trumpeter who has helped shape the contours of modern jazz today.
Blanchard was overwhelmed by the healing impact of his music on the audience during a poignant E-Collective performance in Staten Island this past August. In attendance were many friends and family of Eric Garner — a local man who had been fatally injured in an altercation with police and to whom the E-Collective’s debut album, Breathless (2015), is dedicated. Motivated by this experience, the E-Collective’s next album, tentatively titled Caravan, will be recorded live in cities around the country that have been similarly impaired by racial tension.
As a multi-Grammy-winning composer and musician, Terence Blanchard extends a jazz tradition that embodies the work of Louis Armstrong and is grounded in their shared hometown of New Orleans, but he has also defined his place in contemporary culture that extends well beyond jazz’s reach.
Doors open at 7:30pm for this reserved seating event. Terence Blanchard will perform with the E-Collective quintet and there will be no opening performer.
114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408
Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block off the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy may be taken into the auditorium. Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs. Please contact the box office at 812.323.3020 to purchase those seats. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.