THE ICON: Terence Blanchard
THE LEGACY: A native New Orleanian and graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Terence Blanchard is one of the most celebrated members of the latest generation of jazz musicians. He has spent his career flexing his musical muscles as a performer and prolific composer, not only of individual pieces but also of scores for movies and television programs, and, most recently, opera. Blanchard has also ventured into activism with “Breathless,” an elegy for Eric Garner, who died saying, “I can’t breathe,” while in police custody in 2014.
THE ARTIST: D. Lammie Hanson, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “Arts has always played a vital role in our existence. I won’t even say ‘essential,’ because essential makes it seem like we’re needy. It’s not essential. It’s just there. It’s who we are. Some people get up and breathe. We get up and enjoy and experience music.” — Terence Blanchard, in a 2015 interview with The Times-Picayune