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Terence Blanchard & E-Collective to perform 'Breathless' at SummerStage on NYC's Staten Island / Wall Street Journal

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New Orleans trumpet player and composer Terence Blanchard has performed his latest album, "Breathless," on both sides of the Atlantic, but his concert this week in New York with E-Collective, part of the annual SummerStage series in city parks, has a special resonance. The multi-Grammy-winning jazz musician is playing on Staten Island, the home of Eric Garner, the unarmed African-American whose words during a fatal 2014 confrontation with police-"I can't breathe"-inspired the title track. In "Breathless," Mr. Blanchard's cool, muted trumpet floats above a spoken-word meditation by his son, T. Oliver Blanchard Jr. "Am I wrong for believing that one day black and blue would not equal pain?" the junior Blanchard asks in a weary voice. "These black roses grow from cracked pavements freshly watered with the tears of the voiceless / As we'll emit a muted scream to the heavens / We / Can't / Breathe."

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