Here are your Grammy winners in the main jazz categories, as announced Sunday, January 31st:
Best Contemporary Jazz Album: Joe Zawinul & the Zawinul Syndicate – 75
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Kurt Elling – Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Terence Blanchard “Dancin’ 4 Chicken” from CD Watts (Jeff “Tain” Watts)
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Chick Corea/John McLaughlin Five Peace Band – Five Peace Band – Live
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (led by Irvin Mayfield) – Book One
Best Latin Jazz Album: Bebo Valdes/Chucho Valdes – Juntos Para Siempre
Best Instrumental Arrangement: Bill Cunliffe – Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals: Claus Ogerman – Diana Krall – Quiet Nights
Best Album Notes: Dan Morgenstern – The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946)
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Buble – Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden
A few surprises here? I sure expected Allen Toussaint to win Instrumental Album, and underestimated Kurt Elling’s latest as well. Let us know what you think!
One Reply to “And the Jazz Grammys go to….”
I hoped Gerald Clayton might win — but for a young player who I’ve been following since he was 17, I think it’s great he even got nominated.