Grammy’s 2011 Congrats to the Winners

Nice to see so many talented musicians be nominated. Congrats to all the winners.
It was also great to see artists such as Esperanza Spalding emerge as winners.
It means that Jazz is here ‘live and kicking’. We hope that advertisers and record companies can trust in this reality!

However, it has been reported that fans from other nominees have been a bit reactionary on the news!?
http://communities.canada.com/ottawacitizen/blogs/jazzblog/archive/2011/02/14/more-thoughts-on-esperanza-spalding-s-grammy-win.aspx

The following video is from NPR Music and reflects her talents.

Here are the winners and the nominees.

Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band

  • 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)

Vocal Album: Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, Dee Dee Bridgewater

  • 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)

Improvised Jazz Solo: “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Herbie Hancock ( The Imagine Project)

  • “Solar,” Alan Broadbent, from Live At Giannelli Square: Volume 1 (Chilly Bin Records)
  • “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Herbie Hancock, from The Imagine Project (Hancock Records)
  • “Body And Soul,” Keith Jarrett, Jasmine [Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden] (ECM)
  • “Lonely Woman,” Hank Jones, Pleased To Meet You [Hank Jones and Oliver Jones] (Justin Time Records)
  • “Van Gogh,” Wynton Marsalis, Portrait In Seven Shades [Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra] (Jazz At Lincoln Center)

Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: Moody 4B, James Moody

  • 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)

Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Live at Jazz Standard, Mingus Big Band

  • 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)

Latin Jazz Album: Chucho’s Steps, Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers

  • 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)

Here’s a longer list with more category winners:

  • Album of the year – Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
  • Record of the year – Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
  • Song of the year – Need You Now (Lady Antebellum, performers)
  • Best new artist – Esperanza Spalding
  • Best female pop vocal performance – Lady Gaga, Bad Romance
  • Best male pop vocal performance – Bruno Mars, Just the Way You Are
  • Best pop vocal album – Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
  • Best traditional pop vocal album – Michael Buble, Crazy Love
  • Best electronic/dance album – La Roux, La Roux
  • Best solo rock vocal performance – Paul McCartney, Helter Skelter
  • Best hard rock performance – Them Crooked Vultures, New Fang
  • Best metal performance – Iron Maiden, El Dorado
  • Best rock song – Angry World (Neil Young)
  • Best rock album – Muse, The Resistance
  • Best alternative music album – The Black Keys, Brothers
  • Best female R&B vocal performance – Fantasia, Bittersweet
  • Best male R&B vocal performance – Usher, There Goes My Baby
  • Best urban/alternative performance – Cee Lo Green, **** You
  • Best R&B song – Shine (John Legend and the Roots)
  • Best contemporary R&B album – Usher, Raymond v Raymond
  • Best rap solo performance – Eminem, Not Afraid
  • Best rap song – Empire State of Mind (Jay–Z and Alicia Keys, performers)
  • Best rap album– Eminem, Recovery
  • Best female country vocal performance – Miranda Lambert, The House That Built Me
  • Best male country vocal performance – Keith Urban, Til Summer Comes Around
  • Best country song – Need You Now (Lady Antebellum, performers)
  • Best country album– Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
  • Best contemporary jazz album – The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band
  • Best Americana album – Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone
  • Best contemporary blues album – Buddy Guy, Living Proof
  • Best contemporary folk album – Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise
  • Best classical album: Verdi: Requiem (Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Barbara Frittoli & Mario Zeffiri; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus)

It is also interesting to read : http://irom.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/here-there-everywhere-the-2011-jazz-grammy-award-winners/

We hope to feature some of these Jazz/Soul and Funk artists in future shows.

Now, its back to the music!

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