02/12/12

Jazz-Related Grammy Winners Announced at Pre-Telecast Show

This afternoon at the pre-telecast show in Los Angeles, the Grammy Awards were given out in the jazz-related categories.

The winners are: Chick Corea for "500 Miles High" off Forever (Best Improvised Jazz Solo); Terri Lyne Carrington for The Mosaic Project (Best Jazz Vocal Album); Corea, Clarke & White for Forever (Best Jazz Instrumental Album); and the Christian McBride Big Band for The Good Feeling (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album).

The presence of award recipients can be spotty at the pre-telecast show, especially in the pop categories, but the jazz winners were in the house. Corea accepted both of his statues and was joined by Stanley Clarke for the album award. Terri Lyne Carrington was there to give her speech, and credited Esperanza Spalding for helping inspire her record (the bassist-singer, who famously won Best New Artist last year, joined Carrington onstage). Carrington remembered her first Grammy go-round, a nomination for 1989's Real Life Story, recalling that she was up against Pat Metheny and Miles that year. Christian McBride accepted his award and made a dedication to his late grandfather.

Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse won the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category for their take on "Body and Soul." Bennett accepted the award alongside the late Winehouse's parents, including her crooner father, Mitch Winehouse. Bennett also won the Best Traditional Pop Album category for Duets II, and performed "It Had to Be You" during the telecast, in duet with Carrie Underwood. Pat Metheny, a perennial winner, took home a Grammy in the New Age category for What's It All About, his exquisite solo guitar album for Nonesuch.

Other roots-related winners already announced include the Trucks Tedeschi Band, for Revelator (Best Blues Album). The Rebirth Brass Band won for its Rebirth of New Orleans in a new category, Best Regional Roots Music Album, and Booker T. Jones received a statue for The Road From Memphis (Best Pop Instrumental Album). The Latin-jazz award, pushed out of the proceedings in last year's category consolidation, was sorely missed.

For a full list of nominees, visit the official Grammy site. The primetime telecast begins at 8 p.m. e.s.t. on CBS.

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