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Terence Blanchard reflects on social change and music / St. Louis Public Radio interview

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Grammy-winning jazz musician Terence Blanchard is no stranger to composing music inspired by social injustice. He wrote an album about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  He wrote the opera "Champion," which dealt with race and sexuality issues in boxing and debuted at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis last year. And he just released a new work inspired by the death of Eric Garner and the #BlackLivesMatter social media campaign that's taken root in St. Louis since the shooting death of Michael Brown.

While in town to teach at UMSL's Jazz Camp and Jazz St. Louis' Emerson Jazz in Schools program, and perform at Jazz at the Bistro, Blanchard took a few minutes to speal with St. Louis Public Radio about the influence of social justice on his music.

READ THE FULL St. Louis Public Radio INTERVIEW