Terence Blanchard & Michael Murphy Q & A - Recorded May 16

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Join us on Saturday, May 16 at 7PM EDT for a live Q&A session with Up From The Streets: New Orleans: The City of Music Executive Producer Terence Blanchard and Producer / Director Michael Murphy. Terence and Michael will join on video to discuss the music and culture of New Orleans and answer your questions about the film.


About Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard is a six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter, composer and music educator who in 2019 received an Oscar nomination for best original score for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. Blanchard has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies – past and present - and was recently named the first Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Blanchard's opera, Fire Shut Up In My Bones, is the first opera by an African American composer to be presented by the Metropolitan Opera House of New York City (2021-2022 season).


A veteran of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Blanchard is a musical polymath who launched his solo career as a bandleader in the 1990's. Since then he has released 20 solo albums, composed more than 60 film scores, and received 10 major commissions. Among these works are two critically-acclaimed operas in jazz commissioned by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis - Champion - which debuted in 2013, as well as the recently premiered Fire Shut Up In My Bones, based on the memoir by Charles Blow (Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times). Blanchard has also composed work for Broadway revivals, plays, dance performances, and for national orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


About Michael Murphy

New Orleanian Michael Murphy is an award-winning visual storyteller, producer and director with over 30 years of film, video and digital media experience. Michael has served as President of House of Blues Productions in charge of all television & radio programming. He also managed video production & custom branded content for MSN.


He produced and directed the critically acclaimed & award-winning feature film documentary “Make It Funky”, released by Sony Pictures late summer of 2005. The film was used to raise funds to support the city’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Another documentary, "Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist With A Camera,” was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2009 New Orleans Film Festival.


Michael has won numerous Telly Awards for his television and web based series. He filmed the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for 25 years, in addition to the Newport Jazz Festival, Sasquatch Festival and other live music events. In 2018 Michael was a producer on the Smithsonian Folkways New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 50th Anniversary boxed set. Michael graduated from Loyola University with a B.A in Communications, majoring in Broadcast Production.