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Terence Blanchard's 'Champion. ' An opera in jazz / San Diego Voice and Viewpoint

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Pop, Rock, Jazz, and Classical. These are all separate genres of music. But what happens when you put two of them together? You get "opera in jazz" rather than "jazz opera," according to jazz musician and opera composer Terence Blanchard, who is the former Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Artistic Director. Blanchard is also a jazz trumpeter from New Orleans who has over 20 albums to his credit, won three Grammy's and written music for many of Spike Lee's films. Blanchard just premiered his first opera, (the opera's second production run), "Champion," the story of former Welterweight Boxing Champion Emile Griffith and his life-defining fight with reigning Welterweight Champion Benny "The Kid" Paret.

Blanchard's Opera "Champion" is being staged by the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center with performances from March 4-18. Be sure to attend if you are in the mood for an exciting story, complimented with some great music and a touch of soulful emotion.

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