Grammy Award Nominations Announced

Fred Hersch, John Scofield, John Daversa among multiple award nominees in jazz categories

Rene Marie
"Brilliantly cohesive": Branford Marsalis (left) and Kurt Elling
"Finding new, deep emotional truths": Joshua Redman (left) and Brad Mehldau
Fred Hersch, Newport Jazz Festival 2015
Gregory Porter
Singer Tierney Sutton performed her “After Blue” Joni Mitchell project with the subtle accompaniment of guitarist Serge Merlaud and cellist Mark Summer at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival
John Scofield

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The nominations for the Grammy Awards were announced today. The Awards ceremony and show will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Below are nominees in the jazz and jazz-related categories. For a complete list of nominations, go to

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Human Nature

Herb Alpert

(Herb Alpert Presents)

When You Wish Upon A Star

Bill Frisell

(Okeh Records)

Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY

Steve Gadd Band

(BFM Jazz)


Chuck Loeb

(Shanachie Entertainment)

Culcha Vulcha

Snarky Puppy

(Ground Up Music)

Best Improvised Jazz Solo


Joey Alexander, soloist

Track from: Countdown (Motema Music)

“In Movement”

Ravi Coltrane, soloist

Track from: In Movement (Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane & Matthew Garrison) (ECM)

“We See”

Fred Hersch, soloist

Track from: Sunday Night At The Vanguard (The Fred Hersch Trio) (Palmetto Records)

“I Concentrate On You”

Brad Mehldau, soloist

Track from: Blues And Ballads (Brad Mehldau Trio) (Nonesuch)

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”

John Scofield, soloist

Track from: Country For Old Men (Impulse!)

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Sound Of Red

René Marie

(Motema Music)

Upward Spiral

Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling


Take Me To The Alley

Gregory Porter

(Blue Note)

Harlem On My Mind

Catherine Russell

(Jazz Village)

The Sting Variations

The Tierney Sutton Band

(BFM Jazz)

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Book Of Intuition

Kenny Barron Trio


Dr. Um

Peter Erskine

(Fuzzy Music)

Sunday Night At The Vanguard

The Fred Hersch Trio

(Palmetto Records)


Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau


Country For Old Men

John Scofield


Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Real Enemies

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

(New Amsterdam Records)

Presents Monk’estra, Vol. 1

John Beasley

(Mack Avenue Records)

Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music Of The Beatles

John Daversa

(BFM Jazz)

All L.A. Band

Bob Mintzer

(Fuzzy Music)

Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom

Ted Nash Big Band

(Motema Music)

Best Latin Jazz Album

Entre Colegas

Andy González

(Truth Revolution Records)

Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective On The Music Of Woody Shaw

Brian Lynch & Various Artists

(Hollistic Musicworks)

Canto América

Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace La Orquesta Sinfonietta

(Patois Records)


Trio Da Paz


Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac

Chucho Valdés

(Jazz Village)

Best Instrumental Composition

“Bridge Of Spies (End Title)”

Thomas Newman, composer (Thomas Newman)

Track from: Bridge Of Spies (Hollywood Records)

“The Expensive Train Set (An Epic Sarahnade For Double Big Band)”

Tim Davies, composer (Tim Davies Big Band)

Track from: The Expensive Trainset (Origin Records)


Alan Ferber, composer (Alan Ferber Nonet)

Track from: Roots & Transitions (Sunnyside Communications, Inc.)

“L’Ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock – Versione Integrale”

Ennio Morricone, composer (Ennio Morricone)

Track from: Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (Decca Records)

“Spoken At Midnight”

Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band)

Track from: Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom (Motema Music)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

“Ask Me Now”

John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)

Track from: Presents Monk’estra, Vol. 1 (Mack Avenue Records)

“Good ‘Swing’ Wenceslas”

Sammy Nestico, arranger (The Count Basie Orchestra)

Track from: A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas! (Concord Jazz)

“Linus & Lucy

Christian Jacob, arranger (The Phil Norman Tentet)

Track from: Then & Now: Classic Sounds & Variations Of 12 Jazz Legends (Mama Records)

“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”

John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa)

Track from: Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music Of The Beatles (BFM Jazz)

“We Three Kings”

Ted Nash, arranger (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis)

Track from: Big Band Holidays (Blue Engine Records)

“You And I”

Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Track from: In My Room (Membran)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

“Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Featuring Take 6)

Track from: A Big Phat Christmas – Wrap This! (Music Of Content)

“Do You Want To Know A Secret”

John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Featuring Renee Olstead)

Track from: Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music Of The Beatles (BFM Jazz)


Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Track from: In My Room (Membran)

“I’m A Fool To Want You”

Alan Broadbent, arranger (Kristin Chenoweth)

Track from: The Art Of Elegance (Concord Records)

“Somewhere (Dirty Blvd)” (Extended Version)

Billy Childs & Larry Klein, arrangers (Lang Lang Featuring Lisa Fischer & Jeffrey Wright)

Track from: New York Rhapsody (Sony Classical)

In addition, Miles Ahead (Miles Davis & Various Artists) on Columbia/Legacy was nominated in the category of Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Visual Media.