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2019 Grammy Nominations Announced

Miguel Zenón, Fred Hersch, John Daversa, Brad Mehldau, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Wayne Shorter, Orrin Evans, and Dafnis Prieto are among the jazz picks

Miguel Zenón
Miguel Zenón (photo courtesy of the artist)

The nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards were announced Friday morning, Dec. 7. Pop stars like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Childish Gambino, and Cardi B dominated the list. In the jazz categories, Miguel Zenón, Fred Hersch, Brad Mehldau, and John Daversa each received two nominations—Daversa for Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, the other three for Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

Interestingly, Hersch was nominated for his solo on Thelonious Monk’s “We See,” in a version recorded for the 2018 Live in Europe album. What makes that interesting? At the 2017 Grammys he was nominated for a solo on the same composition, as heard on the 2016 album Sunday Night at the Vanguard (John Scofield’s solo on “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” ended up winning that year’s award).

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