Jazz-related Grammy Nominations Announced

Esperanza Spalding nominated for Best New Artist

The nominations for the 2011 Grammy Awards were announced last night, and among the jazz artists with multiple nominations are Billy Childs, Herbie Hancock, Clayton Brothers, Vince Mendoza and Bobby McFerrin (although his were in classical categories). There are five nominations for each category and there are 109 categories overall. The awards in the jazz-related categories will be given out during a ceremony held earlier in the day, before the televised broadcast. This year’s Grammy Awards show will air live from Los Angeles on CBS on Feb. 13, 2011 at 8 p.m. EST.

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By Kris King

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Bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding was nominated for Best New Artist of the Year, along with Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, and Mumford and Sons. Safe to say that Ms. Spalding will be very much the wild card in this category, but as they always say, it’s an honor to be nominated. Indeed, her inclusion in this mainstream category signifies her considerable appeal to a broad audience. No small accomplishment for a jazz bassist, who about six years ago was attending Berkleee College of Music.

Congratulations are also in order to longtime JT contributor Ashley Kahn who was nominated for his liner notes to the John Coltrane Sidestep album on Concord.

Here then are the nominations in jazz categories, as well as some other categories which included jazz artists. For a complete list of nominations, you can go the Grammy website.

44. Best Contemporary Jazz Album
For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.

The Stanley Clarke Band
The Stanley Clarke Band
[Heads Up International]

Never Can Say Goodbye
Joey DeFrancesco
[HighNote Records]

Now Is The Time
Jeff Lorber Fusion
[Heads Up International]

To The One
John McLaughlin
[Abstract Logix]

Trombone Shorty
[Verve Forecast]

45. Best Jazz Vocal Album
For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.

Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee
Dee Dee Bridgewater

Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B
Freddy Cole
[HighNote Records]

When Lights Are Low
Denise Donatelli
[Savant Records]

Lorraine Feather
[Jazzed Media]

Gregory Porter
[Motéma Music]

46. Best Improvised Jazz Solo
For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.

Alan Broadbent, soloist
Track from: Live At Giannelli Square: Volume 1
[Chilly Bin Records]

A Change Is Gonna Come
Herbie Hancock, soloist
Track from: The Imagine Project
[Hancock Records]

Body And Soul
Keith Jarrett, soloist
Track from: Jasmine

Lonely Woman
Hank Jones, soloist
Track from: Pleased To Meet You
[Justin Time Records]

Van Gogh
Wynton Marsalis, soloist
Track from: Portrait In Seven Shades (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra)
[Jazz At Lincoln Center]

47. Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.

John Beasley
[Resonance Records]

The New Song And Dance
Clayton Brothers

Vijay Iyer Trio
[ACT Music + Vision]

Moody 4B
James Moody
[IPO Recordings]

Danilo Perez
[Mack Avenue Records]

48. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
For large jazz ensembles, including big band sounds. Albums must contain 51% or more INSTRUMENTAL tracks.

Infernal Machines
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
[New Amsterdam Records]

Autumn: In Moving Pictures Jazz - Chamber Music Vol. 2
Billy Childs Ensemble Featuring The Ying String Quartet

Dave Holland Octet
[Dare2 Records]

Metropole Orkest, John Scofield & Vince Mendoza

Mingus Big Band Live At Jazz Standard
Mingus Big Band
[Jazz Workshop, Inc./Jazz Standard]

49. Best Latin Jazz Album
Vocal or Instrumental.

Tango Grill
Pablo Aslan

Second Chance
Hector Martignon

Psychedelic Blues
Poncho Sanchez
[Concord Picante]

Chucho's Steps
Chucho Valdés And The Afro-Cuban Messengers
[Four Quarters Entertainment]

¡Bien Bien!
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
[Patois Records]

75. Best Contemporary World Music Album
Vocal or Instrumental.

Throw Down Your Heart , Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks
Béla Fleck
[Acoustic Planet Records]

All In One
Bebel Gilberto

Angelique Kidjo
[Razor & Tie Entertainment]

Bom Tempo
Sergio Mendes
[Concord Records]

Om Namo Narayanaya: Soul Call
Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon
[Soul Chants Music]

84. Best Instrumental Composition
A Composer's Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.

Patrick Williams, composer (Patrick Williams The Big Band)
Track from: Aurora

Battle Circle
Gerald Clayton, composer (Clayton Brothers)

Box Of Cannoli
Tim Hagans, composer (The Norrbotten Big Band)
Track from: The Avatar Sessions
[Fuzzy Music]

Fourth Stream...La Banda
Bill Cunliffe, composer (Temple University Symphony Orchestra)
[Boyer College Of Music And Dance]

The Path Among The Trees
Billy Childs, composer (Billy Childs Ensemble)
Track from: Autumn: In Moving Pictures Jazz - Chamber Music Vol. 2

85. Best Instrumental Arrangement
An Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Vince Mendoza, arranger (John Scofield, Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orkest)
Track from: 54

Fanfare For A New Day
Patrick Williams, arranger (Patrick Williams The Big Band)
Track from: Aurora

Itsbynne Reel
Gil Goldstein, arranger (Dave Eggar)
Track from: Kingston Morning
[Domo Records]

Ted Nash, arranger (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra)
Track from: Portrait In Seven Shades
[Jazz At Lincoln Center]

Skip To My Lou
Frank Macchia, arranger (Frank Macchia)
Track from: Folk Songs For Jazzers

86. Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
An Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Baba Yetu
Christopher Tin, arranger (Christopher Tin, Soweto Gospel Choir & Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra)
Track from: Calling All Dawns
[Tin Works Publishing]

Roger Treece, arranger (Bobby McFerrin)
Track from: Vocabularies

Based On A Thousand True Stories
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Silje Nergaard & Metropole Orchestra Strings)
Track from: A Thousand True Stories

Don't Explain
Geoffrey Keezer, arranger (Denise Donatelli)
Track from: When Lights Are Low
[Savant Records]

Herbie Hancock & Larry Klein, arrangers (Herbie Hancock, Pink, Seal, Jeff Beck,
India.Arie, Konono No 1 & Oumou Sangare)
Track from: The Imagine Project
[Hancock Records]

89. Best Album Notes

Alan Lomax In Haiti: Recordings For The Library Of Congress, 1936-1937
Gage Averill, album notes writer (Various Artists)
[Harte Recordings]

Keep An Eye On The Sky
Robert Gordon, album notes writer (Big Star)

Side Steps
Ashley Kahn, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
[Prestige Records]

There Breathes A Hope: The Legacy Of John Work II And His Fisk Jubilee Quartet, 1909-1916
Doug Seroff, album notes writer (Fisk University Jubilee Quartet)
[Archeophone Records]

True Love Cast Out All Evil
Will Sheff, album notes writer (Roky Erickson With Okkervil River)

107. Best Classical Crossover Album
Award to the Artist(s) and/or to the Conductor.

Meeting Of The Spirits
Matt Haimovitz (Amaryllis Jarczyk, Jan Jarczyk, John McLaughlin, Dominic
Painchaud, Leanna Rutt & Matt Wilson)
[Oxingale Records]

Off The Map
The Silk Road Ensemble
[World Village]

Roots - My Life, My Song
Jessye Norman (Ira Coleman, Steve Johns, Mike Lovatt, Mark Markham & Martin
[Sony Classical]

Tin, Christopher: Calling All Dawns
Lucas Richman, conductor (Sussan Deyhim, Lia, Kaori Omura, Dulce Pontes, Jia
Ruhan, Aoi Tada & Frederica von Stade; Anonymous 4 & Soweto Gospel Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
[Tin Works Publishing]

Bobby McFerrin

1 Comment

  • Dec 02, 2010 at 08:01PM Darling Nikki

    Are the Grammy’s serious with this one. I’m not saying she’s not talented but she definitely doesn’t have wide spread appeal. They should have done something in the jazz category. I think she is gimmicky. She would not receive an ounce of attention if she were a guy playing a double bass. She’s a cute chick playing the double bass, singing and scatting badly (Ella Fitzgerald is rolling over in her grave). Tommy Smothers eat your heart out.

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