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Trumpeter Terence Blanchard has found a better way to honor the work of actors and filmmakers than the four hours of gratuitous back-slapping and preposterous tributes that are the annual Academy Awards ceremony. Blanchard, who has contributed music to seven of Spike Lee’s films, expresses his love of movies and the jazz on their soundtracks on his new CD, Jazz in Film. Over nine tracks of spine-tingling passion, wide-eyed mystery, and breathless adventure, the album captures the emotional intensity of films like A Streetcar Named Desire, Chinatown, and Anatomy of a Murder, among others. Joe Henderson, Donald Harrison, Steve Turre, Reginald Veal, Carl Allen, the late Kenny Kirkland, and a full orchestra dive into Blanchard’s subtly lush arrangements with the grace of an Olympian. Whoopi Goldberg, on the other hand, should have just dived into the orchestra pit. Blanchard performs jazz from films at 8 & 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Rear Wisconsin Ave. NW. $18. (202) 337-4141. (Christopher Porter)