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Gear Up for the Grammys! Jeff Lorber, Joey DeFrancesco , The Stanley Clarke Band, Winton Marsalis, Kenny G, Gerald Albright, El DeBarge, Sade Among Nominees and a Barbara Streisand Tribute

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53rd Annual Grammy Awards, Image Credit: Grammy.com

The 53rd annual Grammy Awards will set center stage in Los Angeles at the Staples Center this Sunday. 

 

The star studded program airs live on CBS, Sunday, February 13th at 8pm ET/PT.

 

The event celebrates excellence in the music industry.  And this year a special tribute to made to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin for her outstanding achievements in music and society; and Barbara Streisand is honored as the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year for her multi-talents and her dedication to social causes.

 

Some of the jazz world’s finest are Grammy hopefuls.  Check out who’s up  for Best Contemporary Jazz Album,  Best Jazz Vocal Album, Best Improved Jazz Solo, Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group, Bet Large Jazz Ensemble Album and Best Latin Jazz Album:

 

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

For albums containing 51% or more playing time of

INSTRUMENTAL tracks.

 

1. THE STANLEY CLARKE BAND

The Stanley Clarke Band

[Heads Up International]

 

2. NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE

Joey DeFrancesco

[HighNote Records]

 

3. NOW IS THE TIME

Jeff Lorber Fusion

[Heads Up International]

 

4. TO THE ONE

John McLaughlin

[Abstract Logix]

 

5. BACKATOWN

Trombone Shorty

[Verve Forecast]

 

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

1.Dee Dee Bridgewater

[Emarcy]

 

2. FREDDY COLE SINGS MR. B

Freddy Cole

[HighNote Records]

 

3. WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW

Denise Donatelli

[Savant Records]

 

4. AGES

Lorraine Feather

[Jazzed Media]

 

5. WATER

Gregory Porter

[Motéma Music]

 

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.

 

1. SOLAR

Alan Broadbent, soloist

Track from: Live At Giannelli Square: Volume 1

[Chilly Bin Records]

 

2. A CHANGE IS GONNA COME

Herbie Hancock, soloist

Track from: The Imagine Project

[Hancock Records]

 

3. BODY AND SOUL

Keith Jarrett, soloist

Track from: Jasmine

[ECM]

 

4. LONELY WOMAN

Hank Jones, soloist

Track from: Pleased To Meet You

[Justin Time Records]


5. VAN GOGH

Wynton Marsalis, soloist

Track from: Portrait In Seven Shades (Jazz At Lincoln Center

Orchestra)

[Jazz At Lincoln Center]

 

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

For albums containing 51% or more playing time of

INSTRUMENTAL tracks.

 

1. POSITOOTLY!

John Beasley

[Resonance Records]

 

2. THE NEW SONG AND DANCE

Clayton Brothers

[ArtistShare]

 

3. HISTORICITY

Vijay Iyer Trio

[ACT Music + Vision]

 

4. MOODY 4B

James Moody

[IPO Recordings]

 

5. PROVIDENCIA

Danilo Perez

[Mack Avenue Records]

 

 

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

For large jazz ensembles, including big band sounds. Albums must

contain 51% or more INSTRUMENTAL tracks.

 

1. INFERNAL MACHINES

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

[New Amsterdam Records]

AUTUMN: IN MOVING PICTURES JAZZ – CHAMBER

MUSIC VOL. 2

 

 

2. Billy Childs Ensemble Featuring The Ying String Quartet

[ArtistShare]

 

3. PATHWAYS

Dave Holland Octet

[Dare2 Records]

 

4. 54

Metropole Orkest, John Scofield & Vince Mendoza

[Emarcy/Universal]

 

5. MINGUS BIG BAND LIVE AT JAZZ STANDARD

Mingus Big Band

[Jazz Workshop, Inc./Jazz Standard]

 

 

 

Best Latin Jazz Album

Vocal or Instrumental.

 

1. TANGO GRILL

Pablo Aslan

[ZOHO]

 

2. SECOND CHANCE

Hector Martignon

[Zoho]

3. PSYCHEDELIC BLUES

Poncho Sanchez

[Concord Picante]

 

4. CHUCHO’S STEPS

Chucho Valdés And The Afro-Cuban Messengers

[Four Quarters Entertainment]

 

5. ¡BIEN BIEN!

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet

[Patois Records]

Click the link below from Grammy.com to download the complete listing of the nominees.

http://www.grammy.com/nominees

 

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