The 2019 Grammy Nominations In Jazz Are Announced

The 2019 61st Grammy Nominations have been announced Friday, December 7th and they include those in the Jazz Categories.  There are returning nominees from previous years and some newcomers.  Well-deserved ambitious projects were also recognized.  Nominations include recordings released between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018.

Notables include Elio Villafranca for Cinqué, which was an outstanding performance presentation at the 2018 Northwest Jazz Festival.  The album was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album.  Cécile McLorin Salvant continues to make the list of nominees each year – this year for The Window.  This a duet album with pianist Sullivan Fortner, who just appeared at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Art of Jazz Series in November.  This duet and album were nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album.  The venerable NEA Jazz Master Wayner Shorter continues as a major contributor to jazz with the album Emanon, nominated for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.

Here is the list of 2019 Grammy Nominations in Jazz:

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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.)
• “Some Of That Sunshine”
Regina Carter, soloist
Track from: Some Of That Sunshine (Karrin Allyson)
• “Don’t Fence Me In”
John Daversa, soloist
Track from: American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom (John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists)
• “We See”
Fred Hersch, soloists
• “De-Dah”
Brad Mehldau, soloist
Track from: Seymour Reads The Constitution! (Brad Mehldau Trio)
• “Cadenas”
Miguel Zenón, soloist
Track from: Yo Soy La Tradición (Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet)
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Best Jazz Vocal Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings.)
• My Mood Is You
Freddy Cole
• The Questions
Kurt Elling
 The Subject Tonight Is Love
Kate McGarry With Keith Ganz & Gary Versace
• If You Really Want
Raul Midón With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza
• The Window
Cécile McLorin Salvant
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Best Jazz Instrumental Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new instrumental jazz recordings.)
• Diamond Cut
Tia Fuller
• Live In Europe
Fred Hersch Trio
• Seymour Reads The Constitution!
Brad Mehldau Trio
• Still Dreaming
Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade
• Emanon
The Wayne Shorter Quartet
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Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new ensemble jazz recordings.)
• All About That Basie
The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Scotty Barnhart
• American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom
John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists
• Presence
Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band
• All Can Work
John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
• Barefoot Dances And Other Visions
Jim McNeely & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band
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Best Latin Jazz Album
(For vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.)
• Heart Of Brazil
Eddie Daniels
• Back To The Sunset
Dafnis Prieto Big Band
• West Side Story Reimagined
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
Elio Villafranca
• Yo Soy La Tradición
Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet

Winners of the 2019 61st Grammy Awards will be announced on February 10th, 2019 and the awards show will air on CBS at 8 pm ET.

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