Exploring The Jazz Field Nominees

Go inside the nominations in the Jazz Field categories for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Ravi Coltrane
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    Chick Corea
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    Gary Burton
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    Kenny Garrett
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    Brad Mehldau
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    Denise Donatelli
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    Kurt Elling
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    Al Jarreau
  • Luciana Souza
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    Esperanza Spalding
  • Eddie Gomez
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    Paul Motian
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    Ahmad Jamal
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    Pat Metheny Unity Band
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    Bob Mintzer
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    Arturo Sandoval
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    Chano Domínguez
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    Clare Fischer
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    Bobby Sanabria
January 30, 2013 -- 4:32 pm PST
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You've seen the list of nominees, now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the Jazz Field categories for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

This year's nominees in the Jazz Field include first-time nominations for new projects by GRAMMY winners Gil Evans and Pat Metheny, and first-time nominees Chano Domínguez, Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian. Returning nominees looking for their first GRAMMY include Ravi Coltrane, Denise Donatelli and the Bobby Sanabria Big Band. Artists looking to add to their prior GRAMMY wins include Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Kenny Garrett, Al Jarreau, Arturo Sandoval, and Esperanza Spalding.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Ravi Coltrane, soloist, "Cross Roads"

Coltrane is up for one nomination this year. He has one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists, "Hot House"

Burton is up for two nominations this year. He has 19 prior GRAMMY nominations and six wins. Corea is up for five nominations this year. He has 57 prior GRAMMY nominations and 19 wins, including those with his Return To Forever, Akoustic, Elektric, and Origin bands.

Chick Corea, soloist, "Alice In Wonderland" 

Corea is up for five nominations this year. He has 57 prior GRAMMY nominations and 19 wins, including those with his Return To Forever, Akoustic, Elektric, and Origin bands.

Kenny Garrett, soloist "J. Mac"

Garrett is up for two nominations this year. He has five prior GRAMMY nominations and one win.

Brad Mehldau, soloist, "Ode"

Mehldau is up for one nomination this year. He has three prior GRAMMY nominations.

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Denise Donatelli, Soul Shadows

Donatelli is up for one nomination this year. She has one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Kurt Elling, 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project

Elling is up for one nomination this year. He has 10 prior GRAMMY nominations and one win.

Al Jarreau (And The Metropole Orkest), Live

Jarreau is up for one nomination this year. He has 18 prior GRAMMY nominations and six wins.

Luciana Souza, The Book Of Chet

Souza is up for two nominations this year. She has five prior GRAMMY nominations and one win.

Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society

Spalding is up for three nominations this year. She has two prior GRAMMY nominations and one win.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian, Further Explorations

Corea is up for five nominations this year. He has 57 prior GRAMMY nominations and 19 wins, including those with his Return To Forever, Akoustic, Elektric, and Origin bands. Gomez and Motian are up for one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of their respective careers.

Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Hot House

Corea is up for five nominations this year. He has 57 prior GRAMMY nominations and 19 wins, including those with his Return To Forever, Akoustic, Elektric, and Origin bands. Burton is up for two nominations this year. He has 19 prior GRAMMY nominations and six wins.

Kenny Garrett, Seeds From The Underground

Garrett is up for two nominations this year. He has five prior GRAMMY nominations and one win.

Ahmad Jamal, Blue Moon

Jamal is up for one nomination this year. He has one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Pat Metheny Unity Band, Unity Band 

The Pat Metheny Unity Band are up for one nomination this year, marking their first career GRAMMY nomination. Metheny has 35 prior GRAMMY nominations and 19 wins, including those with the Pat Metheny Group.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Gil Evans Project, Centennial: Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans

The Gil Evans Project are up for one nomination this year, marking their first career GRAMMY nomination. Evans is up for two nominations as an arranger. He has 11 prior GRAMMY nominations and two wins.

Bob Mintzer Big Band, For The Moment

The Bob Mintzer Big Band are up for one nomination this year. They have one prior GRAMMY win. Mintzer is up for one additional nomination this year as an arranger. He has 14 prior GRAMMY nominations and one win, including those as part of Yellowjackets and Bob Mintzer Big Band.

Arturo Sandoval, Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)

Sandoval is up for one nomination this year. He has nine prior GRAMMY nominations and three wins, including those as part of Irakere.

Best Latin Jazz Album

Chano Domínguez, Flamenco Sketches

Domínguez is up for one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of his career.

The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band, ¡Ritmo!

The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band is up for one nomination this year, marking their first career GRAMMY nomination. Fischer has 11 prior GRAMMY nominations and one win.

Bobby Sanabria Big Band, Multiverse

The Bobby Sanabria Big Band are up for one nomination this year. They have one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Luciana Souza, Duos III

Souza is up for two nominations this year. She has five prior GRAMMY nominations and one win.

Manuel Valera New Cuban Express, New Cuban Express

Manuel Valera New Cuban Express are up for one nomination this year, marking their first career GRAMMY nomination.

Who will take home the awards in the Jazz Field categories? Tune in to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10, 2013, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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