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2012 Jazz Grammy Nominees

The Grammys recently selected their nominees for the 2012 Grammy Awards. Curiously, Pat Metheny’s What’s It All About” recording was  included in the New Age nominees. The  following were the categories which included jazz related artists:


Best Improvised Jazz Solo

All Or Nothing At All

Randy Brecker, soloist
Track from: The Jazz Ballad Song Book (Randy Brecker With DR Big Band)
[Half Note]

You Are My Sunshine

Ron Carter, soloist
Track from: This Is Jazz (Donald Harrison, Ron Carter & Billy Cobham)
[Half Note]

500 Miles High

Chick Corea, soloist
Track from: Forever (Corea, Clarke & White)
[Concord Records]


Fred Hersch, soloist
Track from: Alone At The Vanguard
[Palmetto Records]

Sonnymoon For Two

Sonny Rollins, soloist
Track from: Road Shows Vol. 2

Best Jazz Vocal Album

‘Round Midnight

Karrin Allyson
[Concord Jazz]

The Mosaic Project

Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists
[Concord Jazz]

The Gate

Kurt Elling
[Concord Jazz]

American Road

Tierney Sutton (Band)
[BFM Jazz]

The Music Of Randy Newman

Roseanna Vitro
[Motéma Music]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Bond: The Paris Sessions

Gerald Clayton


Corea, Clarke & White
[Concord Records]

Alone At The Vanguard

Fred Hersch
[Palmetto Records]

Bird Songs

Joe Lovano/Us Five
[Blue Note]

Road Shows Vol. 2

Sonny Rollins


[Mack Avenue Records]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

The Jazz Ballad Song Book

Randy Brecker With DR Big Band
[Half Note]

The Good Feeling

Christian McBride Big Band
[Mack Avenue Records]

40 Acres And A Burro

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra


Gerald Wilson Orchestra
[Mack Avenue Records]

Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook

Miguel Zenón
[Marsalis Music]

Best Instrumental Composition

Falling Men

John Hollenbeck, composer (John Hollenbeck, Daniel Yvinec & Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ))
Track from: Shut Up And Dance
[BEE JAZZ / Abeille Musique]

Hunting Wabbits 3 (Get Off My Lawn)

Gordon Goodwin, composer (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
Track from: That’s How We Roll
[Telarc International]

I Talk To The Trees

Randy Brecker, composer (Randy Brecker With DR Big Band)
Track from: The Jazz Ballad Song Book
[Half Note]

Life In Eleven

Béla Fleck & Howard Levy, composers (Béla Fleck & The Flecktones)
Track from: Rocket Science
[eOne Music]


Russell Ferrante, composer (Yellowjackets)
Track from: Timeline
[Mack Avenue Records]

Best Instrumental Arrangement

All Or Nothing At All

Peter Jensen, arranger (Randy Brecker With DR Big Band)
Track from: The Jazz Ballad Song Book
[Half Note]

In The Beginning

Clare Fischer, arranger (The Clare Fischer Big Band)
Track from: Continuum
[Clare Fischer Productions/Clavo Records]

Nasty Dance

Bob Brookmeyer, arranger (The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra)
Track from: Forever Lasting – Live In Tokyo
[Planet Arts Recordings]

Rhapsody In Blue

Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
Track from: That’s How We Roll
[Telarc International]

Song Without Words

Carlos Franzetti, arranger (Carlos Franzetti & Allison Brewster Franzetti)
Track from: Alborada
[Amapola Records]

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Ao Mar

Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza)
Track from: Nights On Earth

Moon Over Bourbon Street

Nicola Tescari, arranger (Sting & The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra)
Track from: Sting Live In Berlin
[Deutsche Grammophon]

On Broadway

Kevin Axt, Ray Brinker, Trey Henry, Christian Jacob & Tierney Sutton, arrangers (The Tierney Sutton Band)
Track from: American Road
[BFM Jazz]

Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett & Queen Latifah)
Track from: Duets II
[RPM/Columbia Records]

The Windmills Of Your Mind

William Ross, arranger (Barbra Streisand)
Track from: What Matters Most – Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman
[Columbia Records]

Stanley Jordan – Friends

(Mack Avenue)

Long past the years as a musical wunderkind, guitarist Stanley Jordan is still very much a solid practitioner of his craft. On Friends, he’s joined by a host of incredible talents, including saxophonist Kenny Garrett and Ronnie Laws, guitarists Russell Malone, Charlie Hunter, Russell Malone, Bucky Pizzarelli and Mike Stern, violinist Regina Carter, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and bassists Christian McBride and Charnett Moffitt, among many others. The musical set ranges from classical to jazz standards and pop, covering the gamut from Chopin to Katy Perry. Jordan is heard here in familiar guitar voicings and the blend of his sound with aforementioned talents produces a fantastically-entertaining result.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Walkin’ The Dog”.

Tracks: Capital J, Walkin’ The Dog, Lil Darlin’, Giant Steps, I Kissed A Girl , Samba Delight, Seven Come Eleven, Bathed in Light, Romantic Intermezzo from Bartok’s, Concerto for Orchestra, Reverie, One for Milton .


Harry Connick, Jr. – Music From The Happy Elf

(Marsalis Music)

If you’ve turned on a television any time during the yuletide season in most of the last decade, you’ve probably caught a glimpse of The Happy Elf animated special. Pianist and vocalist Harry Connick Jr is out with a collection of the music from that production, for which he created the original music. The tunes which accompany the story of Eubie, an ebullient little elf who wants to be part of Santa’s sleigh team is now released for the first time in an album package. Connick provides a colorful narrative reading with music at the beginning of project, but it’s his evocative piano work that is at the center of this effort. Joining him are bassist Neal Caine and drummer Arthur Latin, both longtime players in his big band. Even with though title and theme are holiday related, the music here is swinging and bluesy enough to enjoy anytime of the year.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Gotta Be On My Way”.

Tracks: The Happy Little Elf Read-A-Long, The Happy Elf, Santarrific, Naughty Children of Bluesville, Bluesville, The What Song, The PH Song, Two Scoops of Christmas, The Magic Hat, Operation Yule Tide Turning, Christmas Day, What A Night, Gotta Be On My Way.


The Tierney Sutton Band – American Road

(BFM Jazz)

For her latest release, singer Tierney Sutton and her band for the past 18 years dust off range of songs from the American compositional songbook and give them a new coat of paint. American Road has Sutton and the band re-imagining a cross section of American-made compositions. The tunes are nicely re-worked standards, most of which were made famous on the Broadway stage. The band is comprised of Christian Jacob on piano, Kevin Axt and Trey Henry on acoustic and electric basses and Ray Brinker on drums. The talents of all involved make this a captivating collection of outstanding performances.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Wayfaring Stranger”.

Tracks: Wayfaring Stranger, Oh Shenandoah/The Water Is Wide, On Broadway, Amazing Grace, It Ain’t Necessarily So, Summertime, My Man’s Gone Now, Tenderly, The Eagle and Me, Somewhere, Something’s Coming/Cool, America The Beautiful .


For 25 years, the Storyville Jazz Band has roamed the Dome on New Orleans Saints game days

By KEITH SPERA, The Times-Picayune

Most days, an American flag and a modest “Who Dat” yard sign decorate the tidy red-brick ranch house in Metairie. On game days, the Stars and Stripes are swapped out for a Saints flag: black and gold stripes, fleurs-de-lis instead of stars.

For 25 seasons, Hirstius and the Storyville Jazz Band have entertained Saints fans in the stands at home games. They bisect the social strata of the Superdome, moving from terrace seats to private suites, dispensing Dixieland jazz and demonstrating for friend and foe alike that the Saints reside in New Orleans, and this is how we roll.

More Here

John Scofield – A Moment’s Peace

(Emarcy Records)

Guitar-impressario John Scofield has taken just about every twist and turn a recording artist can maneuver in music, for his latest he takes a route less traveled by him. A Moment’s Peace finds Scofield interpreting ballads associated with or recorded by Abbey Lincoln, John Coltrane, Nina Simone and Ray Charles, among others. He’s joined in this effort by a first-rate rhythm session, which includes drummer Brian Blade, organist Larry Goldings and bassist Scott Colley. The collection of incredible perfectly supports Scofield’s signature twangs and make this a fantastic addition to the Scofield musical archives.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You”.

Tracks: Simply Put, I Will, Lawns, Throw It Away, I Want To Talk About You, Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You, Johan, Mood Returns, Already September, You Don’t Know What Love Is, Plain Song, I Loves You Porgy.