Jazzy Competition

(For a complete list of 54th GRAMMY Awards nominees, click here.)

After the high-flying round of jazz nominations for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, we find the current batch of Jazz Field nominees to be mostly cozy and familiar.

Veteran jazz musicians such as trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassist Ron Carter, pianists Fred Hersch and Chick Corea, and Kennedy Center Honors Award recipient saxophonist Sonny Rollins are vying for the Best Improvised Jazz Solo GRAMMY. This category has been dominated by trumpeters, saxophonists and pianists since it was first awarded back in 1959. I totally agree with what one of my followers (@davidgolden99) tweeted:

"It's not every year a bass solo gets a #GRAMMY nomination. Congrats to Ron Carter."

The competition for Best Jazz Vocal Album this year is an interesting mix, including a drummer. Three Concord Jazz artists — Karrin Allyson, 2009 GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling and Terri Lyne Carrington — are up against BFM Jazz's Tierney Sutton and Motema Music's Roseanna Vitro. This category created some buzz within the online community:

"You post some of my favorite tweets & although I disagree with some of the nominees, I'm glad The Mosaic Project made it!" (@EighteenAprils)

"I'm a Kurt Elling fan so we'll see! All great artists." (@janellemusic1)

There's strong competition for Best Jazz Instrumental Album this year. Up-and-coming pianist/composer Gerald Clayton's Bond: The Paris Sessions is going against jazz royalty's triune of Corea, Clarke & White's Forever; Hersch's Alone At the Vanguard; Joe Lovano/Us Five's Bird Songs; and the Yellowjackets' Timeline.

The last GRAMMY up for grabs in the Jazz Field is Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Similar to last year, this category will be a tough choice. The well-received Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook by Miguel Zenon has stiff competition from the Christian McBride Big Band's The Good Feeling, Randy Brecker With DR Big Band's The Jazz Ballard Song Book, Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra's 40 Acres And A Burro.

Who do you think will take home GRAMMYs in the jazz categories?

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