Sheldon Concert Hall has announced that trumpeter Terence Blanchard (pictured) and his sextet will replace Chucho Valdés for the concert scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15 at the Sheldon. According to the Sheldon's announcement, Valdés is unable to appear due to an injury sustained while on tour.
If you've already bought tickets for Valdés and wish to attend Blanchard's performance, you can keep your tickets and just present them at the door on February 15. Refunds for the face value of tickets can be obtained at the original point of purchase.
Blanchard was here in St. Louis frequently last year, as Opera Theater St. Louis presented the world premiere production of his first opera, Champion, and played free outdoor concerts at both St. Louis Place Park and the Missouri Botanical Garden. (Coincidentally, when Blanchard performed at The Sheldon in 2006, he was filling a date that had opened up when bassist Dave Holland had to cancel.)
The New Orleans native also is known for writing scores for a number of director Spike Lee's films, and for the recent Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. He also appeared here in 2012 at both the Touhill Performing Arts Center, with percussionist Poncho Sanchez, and at Jazz at the Bistro with his own band. Blanchard's most recent album Magnetic, released last year, made the year-end "Best of 2013" lists of a number of jazz critics and publications.
(Edited 1/10/14 to fix a redundancy in the text.)