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Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.

Fearless Grammy Award Predictions

Jan 30, 2010

Yes, I once again take out my old Magic Eight Ball and ask it to assist me in predicting the winners of the Jazz categories at the Grammy Awards. Telecast on Sunday night, the show never gives any love to the jazz world, preferring to show the winner of “Best Metal Band” over any jazz category. But we give the unloved plenty of space here.


And the winners will be (in italics):


Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Urbanus - Stefon Harris & Blackout [Concord Jazz]

Sounding Point - Julian Lage [Emarcy/Decca].

At World's Edge - Philippe Saisse [E1 Music].

Big Neighborhood - Mike Stern [Heads Up International].

75 - Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate [Heads Up International].


Best Jazz Vocal Album

No Regrets - Randy Crawford (& Joe Sample) [PRA Records].

Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman -

Kurt Elling [Concord Jazz].

So In Love - Roberta Gambarini [Groovin' High/Emarcy].

Tide - Luciana Souza [Verve].

Desire - Tierney Sutton (Band) [Telarc Jazz].


Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Dancin' 4 Chicken” - Terence Blanchard, soloist

Track from: Watts (Jeff "Tain" Watts) [Dark Key Music]

“All Of You” Gerald Clayton, soloist

Track from: Two-Shade [ArtistShare].

“Ms. Garvey, Ms. Garvey” - Roy Hargrove, soloist

Track from: Emergence [Groovin' High/Emarcy].

“On Green Dolphin Street” - Martial Solal, soloist

Track from: Live At The Village Vanguard [CamJazz].

“Villa Palmeras” - Miguel Zenón, soloist

Track from: Esta Plena [Marsalis Music]


Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Or Group

Quartet Live - Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow & Antonio Sanchez

[Concord Jazz].

Brother To Brother - Clayton Brothers [ArtistShare].

Five Peace Band – Live - Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band

[Concord Records].

Remembrance  - John Patitucci Trio [Concord Jazz].

The Bright Mississippi - Allen Toussaint [Nonesuch]


Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Legendary - Bob Florence Limited Edition [MAMA Records].

Eternal Interlude - John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble [Sunnyside].

Fun Time - Sammy Nestico And The SWR Big Band [Hänssler Classic].

Book One - New Orleans Jazz Orchestra [World Village].

Lab 2009 - University Of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band

[North Texas Jazz]


Best Latin Jazz Album

Things I Wanted To Do - Chembo Corniel [Chemboro Records].

Áurea - Geoffrey Keezer [ArtistShare].

Brazilliance X 4 - Claudio Roditi [Resonance Records].

Juntos Para Siempre - Bebo Valdés And Chucho Valdés [Sony Music/Calle 54].

Esta Plena - Miguel Zenon [Marsalis Music]

Jeffrey Siegel
over ten years ago

Well, one out of six wasn\'t too bad. Not too good, either. :)