57th Grammy Awards

Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves

So Sam Smith is the big winner at this year’s Grammy Awards. Congratulations go out to all the winners, especially those who were not seen in the big telecast. I have collected the more important categories here. And didn’t Gloria Gaynor look amazing?

The Jazz announcements were preceded by a top performance of Joe Lovano, Robert Glasper, Nathan East, and Billy Hart. Dianne Reeves wins for Best Vocal Jazz Album for her wonderful “Beautiful Life” disc (pictured here in Berlin last June), produced by Terri Lyne Carrington. Chick Corea wins twice:

 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Cheek To Cheek” – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Bass & Mandolin” – Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Jesus Children Of America” – Robert Glasper feat. Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Best R&B Album: “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – Toni Braxton & Babyface

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Fingerprints” – Chick Corea (from “Trilogy”)

Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Beautiful Life” – Dianne Reeves

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Trilogy” – Chick Corea Trio

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “Life In The Bubble” – Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

Best Latin Jazz Album: “The Offense Of The Drum” – Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Best Latin Pop Album: “Tangos” – Rubén Blades

Best Arrangment, Instrument and Vocals: “New York Tendaberry” – Billy Childs feat. Renée Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma

Best Album Notes: “Offering: Live at Temple University” (John Coltrane) Album Notes Writer: Ashley Kahn

Best Music Film: “20 Feet From Stardom”

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