Jazz Grammy Nominees: Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Gregory Porter, Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge

The top Grammy nominations largely left me cold, but several worthy projects are recognized in Grammy’s jazz categories.

wayne shorterSeveral of the nominees — including Terence Blanchard,  Wayne Shorter, and Gregory Porter — made my own Top 10 jazz list (to be published by JazzTimes, NPR and the JJA). Wayne Wallace‘s “Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin,” my pick for Latin jazz CD of the year, was honored in Grammy’s Latin Jazz category. And kudos to the great — and omnipresent — jazz bassist Christian McBride, nominated for best jazz instrumental album.

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge didn’t nab a nomination for best large ensemble for the group’s “River Runs” CD (also on my Top 10 list). It deserves one.

The good news: The longtime University of South Florida jazz prof picked up TWO nominations in other categories: best instrumental composition for “Bound Away” and best instrumental arrangement for “Side Hikes — A Ridge Away.”River-Runs-Cover5-349x350

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Don’t Run – Terence Blanchard, soloist

Song For Maura – Paquito D’Rivera, soloist

Song Without Words #4: Duet – Fred Hersch, soloist

Stadium Jazz – Donny McCaslin, soloist

Orbits – Wayne Shorter, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album

The World According To Andy Bey – Andy Bey

Attachments – Lorraine Feather

Liquid Spirit – Gregory Porter

WomanChild – Cécile McLorin Salvant

After Blue – Tierney Sutton

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Guided Tour – The New Gary Burton Quartet

Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue – Terri Lyne Carrington

Life Forum – Gerald Clayton

Pushing The World Away – Kenny Garrett

Out Here – Christian McBride Trio

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Brooklyn Babylon – Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Night In Calisia – Randy Brecker, W¿odek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic

Wild Beauty – Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano

March Sublime – Alan Ferber

Intrada – Dave Slonaker Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album

La Noche Más Larga – Buika

Song For Maura – Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente

Yo – Roberto Fonseca

Egg¿n – Omar Sosa

Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin – Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet

Best Instrumental Composition

Bound Away – Chuck Owen, composer (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)

California Pictures For String Quartet – Gordon Goodwin, composer (Quartet San Francisco)

Koko On The Boulevard – Scott Healy, composer (Scott Healy Ensemble)

Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra – Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)

String Quartet No. 1: Funky Diversion In Three Parts – Vince Mendoza, composer (Quartet San Francisco)

Best Instrumental Arrangement

Invitation – Kim Richmond, arranger (The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra)

On Green Dolphin Street – Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)

Side Hikes – A Ridge Away – Chuck Owen, arranger (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)

Skylark – Nan Schwartz, arranger (Amy Dickson)

Wild Beauty – Gil Goldstein, arranger (Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

La Vida Nos Espera – Nan Schwartz, arranger (Gian Marco)

Let’s Fall In Love – Chris Walden, arranger (Calabria Foti Featuring Seth MacFarlane)

The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress – John Hollenbeck, arranger (John Hollenbeck)

Swing Low – Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)

What A Wonderful World – Shelly Berg, arranger (Gloria Estefan)


The nominations were announced Friday night. For the full list, click here

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