Grammy Nominations 2019 announced.

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Well it’s that time of the year, with the Lobbying done and dusted, the Recording Academy today announced the nominations for the 2019 Grammy’s. The nominations were planned to be announced on the 5th of December however had to be pushed back until today due to the funeral of ex president George H.W. Bush.

The list includes two European ensembles, the The Frankfurt Radio Big Band in the category Best Large Jazz Ensemble for the album “Barefoot Dances And Other Visions” directed by Jim McNeely and the Dutch based Metropole Orkest in the category Best Jazz Vocal Album for the album “If You Really Want” by Raul Midón and conducted By Vince Mendoza.

Also of note is double nominations for Fred Hersch, John Daversa, Brad Mehldau and Miguel Zenón. Also in our opinion two well deserved nominations in the category Best Latin Jazz Album go to West Side Story Reimagined by Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Big Band and Cinque by Elio Villafranca.

Below is the 61st Grammy nominations list for the Catagory Jazz. The nominations are for recordings released during the eligibility year (1 Oct 2017 up to and including 30 Sept 2018). The 61 Grammy Awards air on the 10th of February 2019 on the US CBS network, broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Field 10 – Jazz

Category 31 – 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)

Category 32 – 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

Category 33 – 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

Category 34 – 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

Category 35 – 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
Cinque – Elio Villafranca
Yo Soy La Tradición – Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet.

The full list of nominated albums can be found on the Grammy website here.

Last modified: December 13, 2018