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Nominations for The Grammys are in .... So what do YOU think of these 2016 jazz picks?

grammy logoThe Grammy nominations are in and among the 25 nominees in 5 categories I'm happy to say I've heard a number of them, but will need to add the others to my list to check out. As you can see, the "way beyond his years" Joey Alexander, who played at the 2015 XRIJF garnered 2 nominations. There are other faces familiar to Rochester audiences in there as well.  

I'm sure there are many of you who are saying "where the heck is ...!" and encourage you to leave a comment by clicking on the link at the end of this post, or by starting a conversation on the Facebook page or by aiming a tweet at Jazz@Rochester

Best Improvised Jazz Solo (Category 31):

  • "Giant Steps," Joey Alexander on My Favorite Things (Motema)
  • "Cherokee," Christian McBride on Live At The Village Vanguard (Christian McBride Trio) (Mack Avenue)
  • "Arbiters of Evolution," Donny McCaslin on The Thompson Fields (Maria Schneider Orchestra) (ArtistShare)
  • "Friend or Foe," Joshua Redman on The Bad Plus Joshua Redman (Nonesuch)
  • "Past Present," John Scofield on Past Present (Impulse!)

Best Jazz Vocal Album (Category 32):

  • Karin Allyson, Many A New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein (Motema)
  • Denise Donatelli, Find A Heart (Savant)
  • Lorraine Feather, Flirting With Disaster (Jazzed Media)
  • Jamison Ross, Jamison (Concord Jazz)
  • Cécile McLorin Savant, For One To Love (Mack Avenue)

Best Jazz Instrumental Album (Category 33)

  • Joey Alexander, My Favorite Things    (Motema)
  • Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective, Breathless (Blue Note)
  • Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio, Covered: Recorded Live at Capitol Studios (Blue Note)
  • Jimmy Greene, Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue)
  • John Scofield, Past Present (Impulse!)

Best Large Jazz Ensemble (Category 34)

  • Gil Evans Project, Lines Of Color (Blue Note/ArtistShare)
  • Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band, Köln (Alternate Side)
  • Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cuba: The Conversation Continues (Motema)
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare)
  • Patrick Williams, Home Suite Home (BFM Jazz)

Best Latin Jazz Album (Category 35)

  • Eliane Elias, Made In Brazil (Concord Jazz)
  • The Rodriguez Brothers, Impromptu (Criss Cross Jazz)
  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Suite Caminos (5Passion)
  • Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, Intercambio (Patois)
  • Miguel Zenón, Identities Are Changeable (Miel Music)

Also, we should mention that Snarky Puppy, which came to the 2014 XRIJF, was nominated in the contemporary instrumental category along with Bill Frisell, Marcus Miller, South African flautist Wouter Kellerman and Kirk Whalum.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


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