Jazz artists made their token appearances at the 2002 Grammy Awards, held Wednesday night. Diana Krall looked like Elvis Costello was stepping on her foot as they introduced the song of the year nominees together on the Grammys Wednesday night. Saxophonist Dave Koz (pictured left) led the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. Natalie Cole was a presenter. Other than that, jazz fans had to sit through three-plus hours of the usual affected speeches from pop Grammy winners and cringe-worthy banter among presenters in order to squint at the screen and see if they could catch jazz winners’ names as they flashed across the screen.
Here are a list of winners in jazz-related categories for the 2002 Grammy Awards. We guarantee that they will appear on your screen for more than a millisecond.
Contemporary Jazz Album: M2 (Telarc) , Marcus Miller
Jazz Vocal Album: The Calling (Blue Note) , Dianne Reeves
Jazz Instrumental Solo: “Chan’s Song ,” Michael Brecker, from The Nearness of You: The Ballad Book (Verve)
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” James Taylor from The Nearness of You: The Ballad Book (Verve), (Michael Brecker)
Jazz Instrumental Album: This Is What I Do (Milestone) , Sonny Rollins
Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Homage to Count Basie (DMP), Bob Mintzer Big Band
Latin Jazz Album: Nocturne (Verve) , Charlie Haden
Instrumental Arrangement: Claude Debussy “Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum” from Children’s Corner, Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer (Bela Fleck with Joshua Bell and Gary Hoffmann)
Historical Album: Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944, (Billie Holiday)
Engineered Album, Nonclassical: The Look of Love (Verve), (Diana Krall)
Producer of the Year, Classical: Manfred Eicher (ECM)
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Count Basie, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Al Green and Joni Mitchell