Terence Blanchard PC Henry Debonojo.jpgTerence Blanchard | Photo by Henry Debonojo

For thirty years, jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard has been composing music for Spike Lee’s films – He was nominated for best original score for BlacKkKlansman in 2019. Blanchard has also written two operas, and is Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at UCLA. He stopped by The Evening Program with Jim Svejda to talk about the stranger-than-fiction story of BlacKkKlansman, why he was scared to write the score for Malcolm X and how he’s learned to read Spike Lee’s mind.

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