Seven-time Grammy winner and two-time Oscar winner Terence Blanchard continues to earn respect and accolades with each passing year.

Most recently, the trumpeter, composer and bandleader was nominated for another Grammy for his opera Champion, which chronicles the life of Emile Griffith, the boxer who struggled with bigotry around his sexuality and with the death of his opponent Benny Paret.

Ahead of his performance with the E-Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet at Toronto’s Koerner Hall on Saturday, Dec. 9, the acclaimed musician joined us to talk about Champion, his latest album Absence, and more.