GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees for Best Instrumental Jazz Album

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Best Instrumental Jazz Album

 

63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2020)
 
winner
Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Brian Blade

Chick Corea & Bernie Kirsh, producers; Bernie Kirsh & Brian Vibberts, engineers/mixers

nominees

Ambrose Akinmusire

On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment

Gerald Clayton

Happening: Live At The Village Vanguard

62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2019)
 
winner
Brad Mehldau, John Davis

Finding Gabriel

Brad Mehldau, producer; John Davis, engineer/mixer

nominees

Christian McBride

Christian McBride's New Jawn

Christian McBride’s New Jawn

Joshua Redman

Come What May

Joshua Redman Quartet

In The Key Of The Universe

The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul

61st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2018)
 
winner
Don Was

Don Was, producer; Rob Griffin, engineer/mixer

nominees

Tia Fuller

Diamond Cut

Live In Europe

Seymour Reads The Constitution!

Joshua Redman
,
Scott Colley
,
Brian Blade
60th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2017)
 
winner
Billy Childs

Rebirth

Billy Childs, producer; Rich Breen, engineer/mixer

nominees

Fred Hersch

Open Book

Chris Potter

The Dreamer Is The Dream

Uptown, Downtown

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2016)
 
winner
John Scofield

Country For Old Men

John Scofield, producer; Jay Newland, engineer/mixer

nominees

Book Of Intuition

Peter Erskine

Dr. Um

Sunday Night At The Vanguard

Joshua Redman
,
Brad Mehldau
58th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2015)
 
winner
John Scofield

Past Present

John Scofield, producer

nominees

Covered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios

Jimmy Greene

Beautiful Life

Joey Alexander

My Favorite Things

57th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2014)
 
winner

Bernie Kirsh & Brian Vibberts, engineers/mixers

nominees

Floating

Bobby Hutcherson
,
David Sanborn
,
Billy Hart
Jason Moran

All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller

56th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2013)
 
winner
Terri Lyne Carrington, Jeremy Loucas

Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue

Terri Lyne Carrington, producer; Jeremy Loucas & Mike Marciano, engineers/mixers

nominees

Gerald Clayton

Life Forum

Kenny Garrett

Pushing The World Away

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2012)
 
winner

James Farber & Pete Karam, engineers/mixers

nominees

Chick Corea
,
Eddie Gomez

Further Explorations

Chick Corea
,
Gary Burton

Hot House

Kenny Garrett

Seeds From The Underground

Ahmad Jamal

Blue Moon

54th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2011)
 
winner
Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Lenny White

Forever

Corea, Clarke & White

nominees

Fred Hersch

Alone At The Vanguard

Bird Songs

Sonny Rollins

Road Shows Vol. 2

Timeline

Gerald Clayton

Bond: The Paris Sessions

53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2010)
 
winner
James Moody

Moody 4B

Michael P. Patterson, producer; Jonathan Rosenberg, engineer/mixer

nominees

John Beasley

Positootly!

The New Song And Dance

Vijay Iyer Trio

Historicity

Providencia

Danilo Perez

52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2009)
 
winner
Chick Corea

Five Peace Band - Live

nominees

Gary Burton
,
Pat Metheny
,
Steve Swallow
,
Antonio Sanchez

Brother To Brother

Remembrance

Allen Toussaint

The Bright Mississippi

51st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2008)
 
winner
Chick Corea, Gary Burton

The New Crystal Silence

Gary Burton & Chick Corea, producers

nominees

History, Mystery

Bill Frisell

Brad Mehldau Trio: Live

Pat Metheny
,
Christian McBride
,
Antonio Sanchez
Alan Pasqua
,
Dave Carpenter
,
Peter Erskine
50th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2007)
 
winner
Michael Brecker, Gil Goldstein, Pat Metheny

Pilgrimage

Michael Brecker, Gil Goldstein, Pat Metheny & Steven Rodby, producers

nominees

Live At The Village Vanguard

Joe Lovano
,
Hank Jones

Kids: Live At Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

John Patitucci

Line By Line

Joshua Redman

Back East

49th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2006)
 
winner
Chick Corea, Al Schmitt

The Ultimate Adventure

Bernie Kirsh, Al Schmitt & Buck Snow, engineers/mixers

nominees

Sonny Rollins

Sonny, Please

Ornette Coleman

Sound Grammar

Jack DeJohnette
,
Larry Goldings
,
John Scofield

Trio Beyond - Saudades

Kenny Garrett

Beyond The Wall

48th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2005)
 
winner

Beyond The Sound Barrier

Wayne Shorter, producer; Rob Griffin, engineer/mixer

nominees

Terence Blanchard
Wynton Marsalis

Live At The House Of Tribes

Dave Holland
,
Chris Potter
,
Johnnie Taylor
47th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2004)
 
winner
McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride

Elaine L. Martone, producer; Jack Renner, engineer/mixer

nominees

Somewhere

Fountain Of Youth

Keith Jarrett
,
Gary Peacock
,
Jack DeJohnette

The Out-Of -Towners

46th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2003)
 
winner
Wayne Shorter, Dave Darlington

Alegría

Robert Sadin, producer; Dave Darlington & Robert Sadin, engineers/mixers

nominees

Chick Corea

Rendezvous In New York

Stefon Harris

The Grand Unification Theory

Extended Play, Live At Birdland

Think Tank

45th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2002)
 
winner
Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove

Michael Brecker & Jason Olaine, producers; Doug Doctor, Rob Griffin & Jay Newland, engineers/mixers

nominees

McCoy Tyner

Plays John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard

Triangulo

Dave Douglas

The Infinite

Wayne Shorter

Footprints Live!

44th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2001)
 
winner
Sonny Rollins

This Is What I Do

Lucille Rollins & Sonny Rollins, producers

nominees

Stefon Harris
Dave Holland
,
Kenny Garrett

Birds Of A Feather - A Tribute To Charlie Parker

Not For Nothin'

Live At Yoshi's

43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2000)
 
winner

Contemporary Jazz

Rob "Wacko!" Hunter & Branford Marsalis, producers; Rob "Wacko!" Hunter, engineer/mixer

nominees

Martial Solal
,
Johnny Griffin

In & Out (Album)

Prime Directive (Album)

Kenny Barron

Spirit Song (Album)

Michael Brecker

Time Is Of The Essence (Album)

42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1999)
 

nominees

Brad Mehldau

Art Of The Trio 4 - Back At The Vanguard (Album)

Change (Album)

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Inner Voyage (Album)

Requiem (Album)

41st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1998)
 
winner
Herbie Hancock

Gershwin's World

nominees

Chick Corea
,
Gary Burton

Native Sense - The New Duets (Album)

Charlie Haden
,
Kenny Barron

Night And The City (Album)

Points Of View (Album)

Keith Jarrett
,
Gary Peacock
,
Jack DeJohnette

Tokyo '96 (Album)

40th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1997)
 
winner
Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny

Beyond The Missouri Sky

nominees

Joe Lovano

Celebrating Sinatra (Album)

Doc Cheatham
,
Nicholas Payton

Doc Cheatham And Nicholas Payton (Album)

Chick Corea

Remembering Bud Powell (Album)

Chick Corea And Friends

Kenny Garrett

Songbook (Album)

39th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1996)
 
winner
Michael Brecker

Tales From The Hudson

nominees

The Hardbop Grandpop (Album)

Now Is The Hour (Album)

Joe Lovano

Quartets: Live At The Village Vanguard (Album)

Billy Childs

The Child Within (Album)

38th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1995)
 
winner
Michael Brecker

nominees

Double Rainbow - The Music Of Antonio Carlos Jobim (Album)

Fred Hersch

I Never Told You - Fred Hersch Plays Johnny Mandel (Album)

Charlie Haden
,
Hank Jones

Steal Away (Album)

Kenny Barron
,
Charlie Haden

Wanton Spirit (Album)

37th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1994)
 
winner
Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Wallace Roney, Wayne Shorter, GRAMMYs

nominees

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Rapsodia (Album)

Joe Lovano

Tenor Legacy (Album)

Always Say Goodbye (Album)

Benny Carter

Elegy In Blue (Album)

36th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1993)
 
winner

So Near, So Far (Musings For Miles)

nominees

Fred Hersch

Dancing In The Dark

Joshua Redman

Joshua Redman (Album)

Kenny Barron

Sambao (Album)

Lee Ritenour

Wes Bound (Album)

35th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1992)
 
winner
Branford Marsalis

I Heard You Twice The First Time

nominees

Arturo Sandoval

I Remember Clifford (Album)

Lush Life (Album)

Eddie Daniels
,
Gary Burton

Benny Rides Again (Album)

Haunted Heart (Album)

34th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1991)
 
winner

Saturday Night At The Blue Note

nominees

David Sanborn

Another Hand (Album)

Lionel Hampton And The Golden Men Of Jazz Live At The Blue Note (Album)

Lionel Hampton And The Golden Men of Jazz

Dave Grusin

The Gershwin Connection (Album)

33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1990)
 
winner

The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio Live At The Blue Note

nominees

Dizzy Gillespie

Max And Dizzy - Paris 1989 (Album)

Wynton Marsalis

Standard Time Vol. 3 The Resolution Of Romance (Album)

Terence Blanchard

Again Never (Track)

Art Blakey
,
Dr. John
,
David "Fathead" Newman

Bluesiana Triangle

32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1989)
 
winner

Chick Corea Akoustic Band

nominees

André Previn
,
Ray Brown

After Hours (Album)

Wynton Marsalis

The Majesty Of The Blues (Album)

The Spin (Album)

Branford Marsalis

Trio Jeepy (Album)

31st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1988)
 
winner
David Murray, McCoy Tyner

Blues For Coltrane - A Tribute To John Coltrane

nominees

Branford Marsalis

Random Abstract (Album)

Keith Jarrett Trio

Still Live (Album)

Wynton Marsalis

The Wynton Marsalis Quartet Live At Blues Alley (Album)

Chick Corea

Amnesia (Track)

Chick Corea Elektric Band

30th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1987)
 
winner
Wynton Marsalis

Marsalis Standard Time - Volume I

nominees

Last Nite (Album)

Eddie Daniels

To Bird With Love (Album)

Chick Corea

Trio Music, Live In Europe (Album)

Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous And Roy Haynes

Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker (Album)

29th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1986)
 
winner
Wynton Marsalis

nominees

Gerry Mulligan

Soft Lights And Sweet Music (Album)

Keith Jarrett
,
Gary Peacock

Standards Live (Album)

Benny Carter
,
Freddie Green
Art Blakey

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers Live At Sweet Basil (Album)

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers

28th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1985)
 
winner
Wynton Marsalis

Black Codes From The Underground

nominees

One Night With Blue Note (Album)

Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson And Others

Keith Jarrett

Standards, Vol. 2 (Album)

Sting

The Dream Of The Blue Turtles (Track)

Chick Corea

Voyage (Album)

27th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1984)
 
winner
Art Blakey

New York Scene

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

nominees

Dameronia: Look Stop Listen (Album)

Phil Woods

Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (Album)

Phil Woods And Chris Swansen

Frank Foster

Two For The Blues (Album)

Frank Foster And Frank Weiss

Clare Fischer

Whose Woods Are These? (Album)

Clare Fischer With Woodwinds

26th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1983)
 
winner
Phil Woods

At The Vanguard

The Phil Woods Quartet

nominees

Art Blakey

Keystone 3 (Album)

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers

Herbie Hancock

Quartet (Album)

Red Rodney
,
Ira Sullivan

Sprint (Album)

Wynton Marsalis

Think Of One (Album)

To Tadd With Love (Album)

25th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1982)
 
winner
Phil Woods

More Live

Phil Woods Quartet

nominees

A Work Of Art (Album)

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie - Live With The Mitchell-Ruff Duo (Album)

Dizzy Gillespie With The Mitchell-Ruff Duo

Giant Steps (Album)

Art Blakey

Straight Ahead (Album)

Art Blakey And Jazz Messengers

24th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1981)
 
winner
Gary Burton, Chick Corea

Chick Corea & Gary Burton In Concert - Zurich, October 28, 1979

nominees

Red Rodney
,
Ira Sullivan

Live At The Village Vanguard (Album)

Nonpareil (Album)

Zoot Sims

The Swinger (Album)

Vic Dickenson Quintet (Album)

23rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1980)
 
winner
Bill Evans

We Will Meet Again

nominees

Hank Jones

I Remember You (Album)

L.A. Bound (Album)

Live At The Public Theatre (Album)

Phil Woods

Phil Woods Quartet - Volume One (Album)

Bobby Shew, Outstanding In His Field (Album)

22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1979)
 
winner
Chick Corea, Gary Burton

nominees

Bill Evans

Affinity (Album)

Bill Evans And Jean "Toots" Thielemans

Arnett Cobb

Arnett Cobb And The Muse All Stars/Live At Sandy's (Album)

Arnett Cobb And The Muse All Stars

Love For Sale (Album)

Dizzy Gillespie

The Gifted Ones (Album)

Dizzy Gillespie And Count Basie

Zoot Sims

Warm Tenor (Album)

21st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1978)
 
winner
Chick Corea

Friends

nominees

Rosewood (Album)

Woody Shaw Concert Ensemble

Phil Woods

Song For Sisyphus

Phil Woods Quintet

Stan Getz

The Peacocks (Album)

Heavy Love (Album)

20th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1977)
 
winner
Phil Woods

The Phil Woods Six - Live From The Showboat

nominees

John Coltrane

Afro Blue Impressions (Album)

Eclypso (Album)

Homecoming - Live At The Village Vanguard (Album)

Mel Lewis And Friends (Album)

19th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1976)
 
winner
Chick Corea

The Leprechaun

nominees

Paul Desmond

The Paul Desmond Quartet Live (Album)

Paul Desmond Quartet

Count Basie
,
Zoot Sims

Basie And Zoot (Album)

Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius (Album)

Bill Evans

Since We Met (Album)

The Bill Evans Trio

18th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1975)
 
winner
Chick Corea

No Mystery

Chick Corea & Return To Forever

nominees

Count Basie

Basie Jam (Album)

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie's Big 4 (Album)

John Coltrane

Giant Steps (First Release Of Alternate Take)

Supersax Plays Bird With Strings (Album)

17th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1974)
 

nominees

Bill Evans

The Tokyo Concert (Album)

Freddie Hubbard

High Energy (Album)

Salt Peanuts (Album)

McCoy Tyner

Sama Layuca (Album)

16th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1973)
 
winner

Supersax Plays Bird

nominees

Jim Hall
,
Ron Carter

Alone Together (Album)

Cannonball Adderley

Inside Straight

Light As A Feather (Album)

Music Of Another Present Era (Album)

15th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1972)
 
winner
Freddie Hubbard

First Light

nominees

McCoy Tyner

Sahara (Album)

Chuck Mangione

The Chuck Mangione Quartet

George Benson

White Rabbit (Album)

Weather Report

I Sing The Body Electric

Joe Farrell

Outback

14th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1971)
 
winner
Bill Evans

The Bill Evans Album

nominees

Gary Burton
,
Keith Jarrett

Gary Burton And Keith Jarrett (Album)

Mary Lou Williams
,
Dizzy Gillespie
,
Bobby Hackett
Miles Davis

Miles Davis At The Fillmore (Album)

Herbie Hancock

Mwandishi (Album)

Phil Woods

Phil Woods And His European Rhythm Machine At The Frankfurt Jazz Festival (Album)

Phil Woods And His European Rhythm Machine

Roy Eldridge

The Nifty Cat (Album)

13th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1970)
 
winner
Bill Evans

Alone

nominees

Milt Jackson
,
Ray Brown

That's The Way It Is

Milt Jackson Quintet With Ray Brown

John Coltrane

Coltrane Legacy

Herbie Hancock

Fat Albert Rotunda

Feeling Is Believing (Album)

Gary Burton

Good-Vibes

Les McCann
,
Eddie Harris

Swiss Movement

12th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1969)
 
winner
Wes Montgomery

Willow Weep For Me

nominees

Oscar Peterson

The Great Oscar Peterson On Prestige (Album)

Stephane Grappelli
,
Stuff Smith

Violin Summit

Bill Evans

What's New

Miles Davis

In A Silent Way

Memphis Underground (Album)

Eubie Blake

The 86 Years Of Eubie Blake (Album)

11th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1968)
 
winner
Bill Evans

Bill Evans At The Montreux Jazz Festival

nominees

Dave Brubeck
,
Gerry Mulligan
Gary Burton

Gary Burton Quartet In Concert

Gary Burton Quartet

Jazz For Sunday Afternoon-Vol. I (Album)

Various (Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Buddy Rich, Etc.)

Herbie Hancock
,
Miles Davis

Miles In The Sky

Eddie Harris

The Electrifying...Eddie Harris (Album)

10th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1967)
 
winner
Cannonball Adderley

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

nominees

Miles Davis

Miles Smiles

Stan Getz

Sweet Rain

Gary Burton

Duster

Gary Burton Quartet

Bill Evans

Further Conversations With Myself

Bobby Hutcherson

Happenings

9th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1966)
 
winner
Wes Montgomery

Goin' Out Of My Head

nominees

Bill Evans

Bill Evans Trio With Symphony Orchestra (Album)

Duke Ellington

Concert Of Sacred Music (Album)

Bill Evans
,
Jim Hall

Intermodulation

John Handy Recorded Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival (Album)

John Handy Quintet

Stan Kenton

Stan Kenton Conducts The Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra (Album)

Woody's Winners

Woody Herman Orchestra

Ornette Coleman

At The "Golden Circle"

8th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1965)
 
winner
Ramsey Lewis

The "In" Crowd

nominees

John Coltrane

A Love Supreme

Paul Horn

Cycle

Paul Desmond
,
Jim Hall

Glad To Be Unhappy

Soft Samba (Single)

Cal Tjader

Soul Sauce

Clark Terry

The Power Of Positive Swinging

Clark Terry And The Bob Brookmeyer Quintet

Bill Evans

Trio '65 (Album)

7th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1964)
 
winner
Stan Getz

Getz/Gilberto

nominees

Sweet September (Album)

Modern Jazz Quartet

Collaboration (Album)

Miles Davis

Miles Davis In Europe

Clark Terry
,
Oscar Peterson
André Previn

My Fair Lady (Album)

6th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1963)
 
winner
Bill Evans

Conversations With Myself

nominees

Thelonious Monk

Criss-Cross

Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck At Carnegie Hall

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Our Man In New Orleans

Peter Nero

Peter Nero In Person

Miles Davis

Seven Steps To Heaven

Ray Brown
,
André Previn
,
Herb Ellis
,
Shelly Manne
5th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1962)
 
winner
Stan Getz

Desafinado

nominees

A Taste Of Honey

George Shearing

Nat "King" Cole Sings, George Shearing Plays (Album)

Charles Mingus

Tijuana Moods

Bill Evans
,
Jim Hall

Undercurrent (Single)

Viva Bossa Nova!

Oscar Peterson

West Side Story

4th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1961)
 
winner
André Previn

Andre Previn Plays Harold Arlen

nominees

Dreamstreet

Modern Jazz Quartet

European Concert

The Greatest Horn In The World

Bill Evans

Bill Evans At The Village Vanguard (Album)

3rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1960)
 
winner
André Previn

West Side Story

nominees

Duke Ellington
,
Johnny Hodges

Back To Back - Duke Ellington And Johnny Hodges Play The Blues

The Hottest New Group In Jazz

Lambert, Hendricks And Ross

Greatest Piano Of Them All (Album)

Miles Davis

Jazz Track

Modern Jazz Quartet
Dizzy Gillespie

The Greatest Trumpet Of Them All

Dizzy Gillespie And His Octet

George Shearing

White Satin (Album)

2nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1959)
 
winner
Jonah Jones

I Dig Chicks

nominees

Shorty Rogers

Chances Are It Swings

Duke Ellington

Ellington Jazz Party (Album)

Henry Mancini

More Music From Peter Gunn (Album)

Red Norvo In Hi-Fi (Album)

1st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1958)
 
winner
Count Basie

Basie

nominees

Jonah Jones

Baubles, Bangles And Beads

George Shearing

Burnished Brass (Album)

Four Freshmen In Person (Album)

Sing A Song Of Basie