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Slowing down long enough to chat with billboard, the indefatigable Terence Blanchard touches on everything

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"People don't know how to take me," says jazz trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard with a laugh.

It's a rare rainy day in Los Angeles and the five-time Grammy Award winner is seated inside a West Hollywood hotel suite. Flanked by a piano festooned with sheet music on one side and a keyboard roosting on a granite kitchen countertop on the other, Blanchard is talking about the trio of projects he's been juggling.

"There's the E-Collective electric band, my film career and an opera," he explains. "People ask, ‘How do you do all this?' Well, I have a fascination with and love for music. It's just that simple."

Slowing down long enough to chat with Billboard, the indefatigable Blanchard touches on everything from living in a "weird" Twilight Zone episode under the narcissistic direction of President Trump and dispelling opera myths to nurturing the wide-eyed vision of jazz's next generation.

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