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2016 58th Grammy™Awards & Nominees

Below are the Allegro distributed titles for the Grammy Awards and Nominees .

58th Annual Grammy Award for Best Classical Producer


Laura KARPMAN
Ask Your Mama
AVIE Records

Judith Sherman was producer for the excellent Langston Hughes-related project ASK YOUR MAMA, released by AVIE Records and featuring a superstar cast including The Roots, Janai Brugger, Angela Brown, Medusa, and Nnenna Freelon, conducted by Grammy® nominee George Manahan.

Epic poetry set to powerful music, brought to life by a cast of legendary performers: Ask Your Mama is an original musical setting by four-time Emmy®-winning composer Laura Karpman, of the 1961 masterpiece by Langston Hughes, delivered with majesty and magnetism by sopranos Janai Brugger and Angela Brown, hip-hop innovators The Roots and Medusa, jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon and others, conducted by Grammy® nominee George Manahan. Ask Your Mama premiered to a sold-out Carnegie Hall in 2009. It has since played from Harlem’s Apollo Theater to the Hollywood Bowl, and has reached millions more through media coverage by NPR, PBS, NBC TV, The New Yorker, and the Huffington Post.


58th Annual Grammy Nominees for Best Choral Performance


The Sixteen & Harry Christophers
Monteverdi: Vespers Of 1610
CORO

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 is quite simply one of the greatest works of sacred music ever written, without doubt the most varied and inspired before Handel and Bach began composing their oratorios and passions. Its variety alone makes it unique, from thrilling psalm settings with virtuosic writing for both multi-part choir and instrumentalists, to exotic and sensual settings of texts from the Song of Songs for solo voices. Every movement is full of luscious harmonies, drama, and evocative musical language.

58th Annual Grammy Nomine for Best Blue Grass Album


Dale Ann Bradley
Pocket Full Of Keys
Pinecastle Records

Five-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley’s first self-produced album features the top pickers in bluegrass along with big-name vocal guests like Grammy® winner Jim Lauderdale! Five-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year. First self-produced album. Heavy tour schedule.


2015 57th Grammy™Award Nominees

57th Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella For
" Beautiful Dreamer"


The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra
Strength In Numbers
Summit Records

This album is a must for any large jazz ensemble fan! A 2008 Grammy® finalist for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” from his last Summit ensemble release, Pete McGuinness is a critically acclaimed arranger, composer, and trombonist. On Strength in Numbers, sixteen incredible NYC musicians come together for a soaring large jazz ensemble!

57th Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
"What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?"


The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra
Strength In Numbers
Summit Records

This album is a must for any large jazz ensemble fan! A 2008 Grammy® finalist for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” from his last Summit ensemble release, Pete McGuinness is a critically acclaimed arranger, composer, and trombonist. On Strength in Numbers, sixteen incredible NYC musicians come together for a soaring large jazz ensemble!


2014 56th Grammy™Award Finalists

56th Annual Grammy Award Finalist for Best Vocal Album

Lorraine Feather
Attachments
Jazzed Media

The newest album of all-original songs by Lorraine Feather, recently called “one of the most creative lyricists of her generation” by Ken Dryden of All Music Guide, is the most personal and emotional work she has recorded to date.

56th Annual Grammy Award Finalist for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Randy Brecker
Night in Calisia
Summit Records

This recording is the result of a musical contribution to the celebration of the 1850th anniversary of Kalisz, the oldest city in Poland. The event took place in June 2010 with a concert called “Night in Calisia,” and was such a success that they decided to record the project nearly two years later!





56th Annual Grammy Award Finalist for Best Instrumental Composition

Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge
River Runs: A Concerto For Jazz Guitar, Saxophone & Orchestra
Mama Records

The explosive Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge serves up an orchestrated work of art, taking the listener on a musical journey from tranquil to explosive … EPIC! Chuck Owen is Distinguished University Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of South Florida, where he also serves as founding and Artistic Director of the USF Center for Jazz Composition. A committed, passionate, and nationally respected educator for over 25 years, he is recognized just as readily for his unique compositional voice and creative, colorful approach to arranging/orchestration. While steeped thoroughly in the jazz tradition, Owen does not hesitate to draw from a diverse array of additional influences ranging from contemporary classical and American folk/blues to Latin styles, funk/ hip-hop, and even country. The result is an evocative, thoughtful, and frequently playful body of work. Recently honored as a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, which lead to the creation of Owen’s first large-scale work for orchestra, there is clearly much more on the horizon for this artist whose stature continues to rise!





56th Annual Grammy Award Finalist for Best Instrumental Arrangement

The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra
Artistry: A Tribute to Stan Kenton
Mama Records

A roaring big band recording celebrating Stan Kenton, recorded on the exact same date that Kenton did his first recording session at Capitol in the ‘40s!

This recording is a tribute to a legendary figure in jazz, Stan Kenton. He maintained his orchestra by inventing new directions in music from 1941 to 1979, and he was synonymous with contemporary innovation, being an avid promoter of this new and different music. While Kenton kept an active road band, he also founded the Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra in 1964. Led by Stan, the Neophonic Orchestra consisted of the top jazz and studio players and its mission was to perform new and innovative works. The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra shares this mission. A jazz veteran who has been around for many years, Kim Richmond has played with Stan Kenton (1967), Clare Fischer (1968), Louie Bellson (1969-72), Lalo Schifrin (1979), Bob Florence (1979), Les Brown (1989), Bill Holman (1990), Vinny Golia (1991), Johnny Mandel, Chris Walden, and Clay Jenkins, among many others. He arranged professionally from the 1960s, for Schifrin, Buddy Rich, and Ernie Watts among others. Founded his Concert Jazz Orchestra in southern California to perform his own works, and has worked extensively as a session musician, arranger, director, and conductor for studios and popular musicians.






56th Annual Grammy Award Finalist for Best Instrumental Arrangement

Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge
River Runs: A Concerto For Jazz Guitar, Saxophone & Orchestra
Mama Records

The explosive Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge serves up an orchestrated work of art, taking the listener on a musical journey from tranquil to explosive … EPIC! Chuck Owen is Distinguished University Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of South Florida, where he also serves as founding and Artistic Director of the USF Center for Jazz Composition. A committed, passionate, and nationally respected educator for over 25 years, he is recognized just as readily for his unique compositional voice and creative, colorful approach to arranging/orchestration. While steeped thoroughly in the jazz tradition, Owen does not hesitate to draw from a diverse array of additional influences ranging from contemporary classical and American folk/blues to Latin styles, funk/ hip-hop, and even country. The result is an evocative, thoughtful, and frequently playful body of work. Recently honored as a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, which lead to the creation of Owen’s first large-scale work for orchestra, there is clearly much more on the horizon for this artist whose stature continues to rise!

56th Annual Grammy Award Finalist for Best Choral Performance

The Sixteen / Harry Christophers
Palestrina Volume 3
CORO (Sixteen Productions)

A towering figure in Renaissance polyphony, Palestrina is arguably one of the greatest composers of liturgical music of all time. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen continue their exploration of his work with a disc of music for the Easter period. Many of the works on this new recording celebrate the joyful part of Easter — the Resurrection — and the central mass is the wonderfully inspired Missa Regina caeli. The disc would not be complete, however, without the exquisite eight-voice Stabat Mater, possibly Palestrina’s most famous piece and a work that emphasizes the other side of the Easter story: the agony and pain of the Crucifixion.

56th Annual Grammy Award Finalist for
Best Classical Vocal Solo


Christoph Prégardien (Michael Gees)
Winterreise
Challenge Records

Challenge Classics presents a luxurious Hybrid Super Audio edition of Schubert’s famous song cycle Winterreise, also available on DVD or Blu-ray with studio performances and a documentary featuring artist interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the studio recording process. Christoph Prégardien is a world-famous tenor, well known for his almost 200 recordings for all the major labels. Michael Gees is an acclaimed pianist and composer/improviser, best known for his duo performances with Prégardien. Their previous duo recordings have won several awards, including two MIDEM Awards.


2013 55th Grammy™ Nominees!

55th Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best New Age Album

Steven Halpern
Deep Alpha
Steven Halpern's Inner Peace Music

Sure to set a new standard of excellence in the sound healing genre, and delight both longtime fans and new converts. Halpern’s last album, Deep Theta, debuted at #9 on Billboard’s New Age Chart. Deep Alpha is the follow up album to his bestselling Deep Theta. Features Aural-Sync brainwave synchronization technology matrix at 8 Hz. The #1 bestselling artist in the sound healing genre. Widely recognized as a founding father of the new age/ sound healing music genre. Features the remarkable new Rhodes electric piano.





55th Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Children's Album

Bill Harley
High Dive And Other Things That Could Have Happened...
Round River Records

Two-time Grammy winner Bill Harley takes us back to his boyhood with stories about summer at the community pool, field trips to the state house, and a Valentine’s Day disaster! Heartfelt and witty, Bill Harley’s tales engage kids like no other and send adults on a trip to their own past. Features “High Dive” and “Field Trip,” stories that Bill has told at recent shows and festivals. A spoken word recording perfect for the whole family!





55th Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Lorraine Feather
Tales Of The Unusual
Jazzed Media

Celebrated lyricist, jazz vocalist, and 2011 Grammy nominee Lorraine Feather takes the listener on a most unusual journey—stops along the way including the depths of the Amazon, an off-the-grid island in Washington State, the circus as envisioned by Fellini, and The Twilight Zone. Follows on the heels of Ages, a 2011 Grammy Nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Like that record, this new release features originals as well as music by Duke Ellington, Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, and film composer Nino Rota (for whose Juliet of the Spirits theme “Rosa Aurata” Feather created lyrics).





55th Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Album Notes

Pablo Aslan Quintet
Piazzolla In Brooklyn
Jazzed Media

A contemporary remake of Piazzolla’s 1959 recording Take Me Dancing, with the unique contemporary sound of Grammy nominee Pablo Aslan’s Argentine band, featuring Piazzolla’s grandson on drums! Follow-up to Pablo Aslan’s Latin Grammy- and Grammy-nominated Tango Grill. A tribute to great New Tango master Astor Piazzolla, infused with Aslan’s trademark contemporary jazz tango style, on the 90th anniversary year of the maestro’s birth. Aslan’s quintet features the top young veterans of Buenos Aires’ jazz and tango scene including Astor Piazzolla’s grandson, drummer Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla. Includes unique versions of Piazzolla originals such as “La Calle 92,” “Triunfal,” “Counterpoint,” and “Show Off,” as well as Piazzolla’s unique tango arrangements of jazz standards such as ”Laura” and “Lullaby in Birdland.” Piazzolla’s original NY jazz tango recording Take Me Dancing (Tico, 1959) was very controversial. Here, it is revisited with a contemporary NY vibe that comes from Aslan’s immersion in the local Brooklyn scene and his frequent contact with his native Buenos Aires.


2012 54th Grammy™ Nominees

Congratulations to Motema, Zoho, Point of Light and RCM for their Grammy recognition!

54th Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
40 Acres And A Burro
Zoho

Grammy winner O’Farrill presents his orchestra in two exciting originals and nine standouts that define contemporary Latin big band jazz. Features legendary clarinetist & Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera!





54th Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best New Age Album

Peter Kater
Wind, Rock, Sea & Flame
Point Of Light Records

Creating music for the healing arts has long been a passion for six-time Grammy® nominee Peter Kater. This all-new recording combines some of his favorite elements including piano, cello, soprano saxophone, acoustic bass, warm synch pads, and whale song, painted gracefully on a spacious flowing canvas of love. Created as an homage to the four elements and Peter’s love for the Hawaiian Islands and Oceans. Aggressive multi-channel marketing support for new release. Perfect music for healing, deepening, sanctity, and love.



Congratulations to our 2011 53rd Grammy™ Winners and Nominees!


GRAMMY AWARD WINNER BEST NEW ARTIST

Esperanza Spalding

Junjo
Ayva Musica

On Sunday February 13, on what is called "Music's Biggest Night," Portland native and jazz phenom Esperanza Spalding shocked the world by winning the GRAMMY AWARD for "BEST NEW ARTIST."  This was the first time a jazz artist had been a nominee, and was Esperanza's first Grammy.

Indispensable for every Esperanza Spalding fan, this collector’s item -- which received very limited US distribution -- showcases the star just as her career was just beginning to explode. “Subtle, sophisticated, and rhythmically seductive, Junjo is a sparkling debut.” VIBE

GRAMMY AWARD WINNER BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

James Moody
Moody 4B
IPO Recordings

Featuring pianist Kenny Barron, this album from Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner James Moody is the best recorded work in his career. Moody and Barron go back 50 years, to Dizzy Gillespie’s legendary quintet, and are absolutely amazing together.

Mr. Moody passed away on December 9, 2010 at the age of 85, but his contribution to music will live on as he was truly one of the great artists in jazz. “A warm and tradition-rich listen with a graceful sense of swing ... Moody's first Grammy win was long overdue." LOS ANGELES TIMES


 





Nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks

Lorraine Feather
Ages
Jazzed Media

The original songs on Ages range from the hilarious to the heartrending, covering a wide range of topics including marriage, death, B vitamins, long-held yearnings, grammar school, and Scrabble—commentaries on life, as Lorraine Feather has known it, “from zero to sixty.” Feather has been widely praised over the last decade for her brilliant lyrics and supple vocals, in collaboration with some of the finest composers in jazz including Russell Ferrante and Béla Fleck. Ages is her most intense and autobiographical work to date.

Nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Singles or Tracks only.

Lonley Woman - Hank Jones, soloist
Track from: Pleased To Meet You


Oliver Jones /Hank Jones
Pleased To Meet You
Justin Time Records

Canada's greatest living pianist, Oliver Jones, meets America's elder statesman of jazz, piano legend Hank Jones. Taking the recent passing of their mutual friend Oscar Peterson as a point of departure, the men pay homage with two Peterson compositions, and Oliver wrote one piece dedicated to the late master. Hank performs two solo selections,gorgeously rendered.

Hank Jones, pianist and jazz legend, inspiration to countless musicians, died May 16, 2010 in New York City, after a brief illness. He was 91 years old, and would have been 92 on July 31st.  He continued to perform even into 2010.







Nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.

Vijay Iyer

Historicity
Act Music & Vision

Twice voted the #1 Rising Star Jazz Artist and Rising Star Composer in DownBeat’s International Critics’ Poll, Vijay Iyer is a largely self-taught creative musician grounded in the American jazz lexicon and drawing from a range of Western and non-Western traditions.

Nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album

Martignon, Hector
Secord Chance
Zoho Music

On his second ZOHO release, pianist Hector Martignon presents his current, hot young Latin jazz quintet with special guests Edmar Castañeda on Colombian harp and John Walsh on trumpet. In an exciting program of eight originals and three South American standards, Martignon confirms his eminent position as of the most sought-after pianists on the Latin jazz scene. Has toured with Mongo Santamaría, Gato Barbieri, Tito Puente, and more. First ZOHO release, Refugee (ZMR 200705), was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008.

Nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album

Pablo Aslan
Tango Grill
Zoho Music

A pioneer and leading figure in tango jazz—a growing new style that blends the repertoire, instrumentation, and vocabulary of tango with elements of jazz—Pablo Aslan set out to reinvent twelve 20th century tango classics on the fly. The result is tradition with a razor’s edge!

 

Nominated for Best Small Ensemble Performance Award to the Ensemble (and to the Conductor.)

The Sixteen
Ceremony and Devotion: Music for the Tudors
CORO (Sixteen Productions)

A brand new recording by Harry Christophers and his award-winning group. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen won the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Artist of the Year Award as well as the award for best Baroque Vocal Recording. This new disc focuses on the great sacred music of 16th century England, both pre- and post-Reformation. Sheppard, Tallis, and Byrd all feature on the recording but the disc centers around Sheppard’s Media Vita, which is a staggering achievement not only in sheer size but also in its expression.

Nominated for Best Spoken Word Album For Children For albums consisting of predominantly spoken word vs. music or song.

Bill Harley
The Best Candy in the Whole World
Round River

It doesn't matter if you are eight years old or forty-eight, you'll find yourself giddy with glee listening to the wildly humorous tales of Bill Harley. THE BEST CANDY IN THE WHOLE WORLD takes silliness to a whole new level, featuring over an hour of fun songs and stories to keep kids enthralled. Have you ever fantasized about having an endless cache of candy flowing from your pocket? Meet Barney, a young boy who finds himself with a magical candy stash that keep replenishing. It seems like a boon until his classmates find out and mayhem ensues. Another story follows a young kid that accidently gets trapped in a peanut… and is swallowed whole by a series of different animals. Besides his clever yarns, the other ingredient that makes Harley's programs so addictive is his narrative style, which is brimming with expression, different vocal inflections and sound effects, all designed to truly immerse the listeners in the stories.

   

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