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 […]
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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.

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]

Backatown

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

[Emarcy]

Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B

Freddy Cole

[HighNote Records]

When Lights Are Low

Denise Donatelli

[Savant Records]

Ages

Lorraine Feather

[Jazzed Media]

Water

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.

Solar

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

[ECM]

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.

Positootly!

John Beasley

[Resonance Records]

The New Song And Dance

Clayton Brothers

[ArtistShare]

Historicity

Vijay Iyer Trio

[ACT Music + Vision]

Moody 4B

James Moody

[IPO Recordings]

Providencia

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

[ArtistShare]

Pathways

Dave Holland Octet

[Dare2 Records]

54

Metropole Orkest, John Scofield & Vince Mendoza

[Emarcy/Universal]

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

[ZOHO]

Second Chance

Hector Martignon

[Zoho]

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

[Verve]

ÕŸ?-

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.

Aurora

Patrick Williams, composer (Patrick Williams The Big Band)

Track from: Aurora

[ArtistShare]

Battle Circle

Gerald Clayton, composer (Clayton Brothers)

[ArtistShare]

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

[ArtistShare]

85. Best Instrumental Arrangement

An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Carlos

Vince Mendoza, arranger (John Scofield, Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orkest)

Track from: 54

[Emarcy/Universal]

Fanfare For A New Day

Patrick Williams, arranger (Patrick Williams The Big Band)

Track from: Aurora

[ArtistShare]

Itsbynne Reel

Gil Goldstein, arranger (Dave Eggar)

Track from: Kingston Morning

[Domo Records]

Monet

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

[Cacophony]

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]

Baby

Roger Treece, arranger (Bobby McFerrin)

Track from: Vocabularies

[Emarcy]

Based On A Thousand True Stories

Vince Mendoza, arranger (Silje Nergaard & Metropole Orchestra Strings)

Track from: A Thousand True Stories

[Sony]

Don’t Explain

Geoffrey Keezer, arranger (Denise Donatelli)

Track from: When Lights Are Low

[Savant Records]

Imagine

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)

[Rhino]

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)

[ANTI-]

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

Williams)

[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]

Vocabularies

Bobby McFerrin

[Emarcy/Universal]