Esperanza Spalding & Brad Mehldau take honours at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

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Last night in Los Angles the 62nd edition of the Grammy awards were held. Clocking in at almost 4 hours long, the Recording Academy was clearly in no rush to get through this year’s awards, which kicked off with a solemn a cappella tribute to Kobe Bryant by Boys II Men.

In the Jazz Category, Randy Brecker took the Grammy for Best Improvised Jazz Solo while Esperanza Spalding notched up her 4th Grammy win taking the award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Amongst stiff competition, in the category Best Jazz Instrumental Album, the honours went to Brad Mehldau for his album Finding Gabriel. This award marks the first win for Mehldau after the string of nominations. The award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album went to the Brian Lynch Big Band for their album The Omni-American Book Club. In the category, Best Latin Jazz Album, Chick Corea took top honours.

In the Blues genre, Best Traditional Blues Album went to Delbert McClinton & Self-made Men for the album Tall, Dark & Handsome while the honours for Best Contemporary Blues Album went to Gary Clark Jr. for his album This Land

Below is a list of of the categories in the Jazz and Blues genres, the albums nominated and of course the winner. For a complete list of categories and the winners visit the Grammy website.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
“Sozinho” — Randy Brecker, soloist – Winner
“Elsewhere” — Melissa Aldana, soloist
“Tomorrow Is The Question” — Julian Lage, soloist
“The Windup” — Brandford Marsalis, soloist
“Sightseeing” — Christian McBride, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album
12 Little Spells — Esperanza Spalding – Winner
Thirsty Ghost — Sara Gazarek
Love & Liberation — Jazzmeia Horn
Alone Together — Catherine Russell
Screenplay — The Tierney Sutton Band

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Finding Gabriel — Brad Mehldau – Winner
In The Key Of The Universe — Joey DeFrancesco
The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul — Branford Marsalis Quartet
Christian McBride’s New Jawn — Brad Mehldau
Come What May – Joshua Redman Quartet

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Triple Helix – Anat Cohen Tentet
Dancer in Nowhere – Miho Hazama
Hiding Out – Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra
The Omni-American Book Club – Brian Lynch Big Band – Winner
One Day Wonder – Terraza Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album
Antidote — Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band – Winner
Sorte!: Music By John Finbury — Thalma De Freitas With Vitor Gonçalves, John Patitucci, Chico Pinheiro, Rogerio Boccato & Duduka Da Fonseca
Una Noche Con Rubén Blades — Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis & Rubén Blades
Carib — David Sánchez
Sonero: The Music Of Ismael Rivera — Miguel Zenón

Best Traditional Blues Album
Tall, Dark & Handsome — Delbert McClinton & Self-made Men – Winner
Kingfish — Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Sitting On Top Of The Blues — Bobby Rush
Baby, Please Come Home — Jimmie Vaughan
Spectacular Class — Jontavious Willis

Best Contemporary Blues Album
This Land — Gary Clark Jr. – Winner
Venom & Faith — Larkin Poe
Brighter Days — Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Somebody Save Me — Sugaray Rayford
Keep On — Southern Avenue

The complete list of winners can be found here on the Grammy Website.


Last modified: January 27, 2020