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Three Movies & A Trumpeter

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Chances are good that you’ve got a little time on your hands these days and you may just find yourself in front of the DVR. We’ve picked three holiday films we like — for no other reason than we’d watch them again if you made the popcorn.

And to put a great big bow on the present: we have a conversation with the great New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard. He is no stranger to the movie biz: somethinghe’stalked about with Gwen. But on this week’s program, he tells us about his influences and the story behind this Summer’s opera in Jazz.

And there’s great news: Blanchard has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award. “Don’t Run” from his album Magnetic has been nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.

You can give it a listen while you pop the popcorn.  

Visit us online at MusicInsideOut.org for much more, including a playlist for today's program and a collection of recipes perfect for the New Year's Holiday suggested by great chefs whoalso recommend music to accompany their dishes.

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Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, where she brings to bear the knowledge and experience she amassed as senior editor of Weekend Edition, an East Africa correspondent, the holder of Nieman and Watson Fellowships, and as a longtime student of music from around the world.