Bob Brookmeyer Dies

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

Bob Brookmeyer Dies
GRAMMY-nominated arranger/composer Bob Brookmeyer died Dec. 15. A cause of death was not provided. He was 81. Considered one of the top jazz valve trombonists, Brookmeyer was known for his work with jazz artists such as Stan Getz, Jimmy Giuffre, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry, among others, and served as a mentor for jazz composers studying at the New England Conservatory in Boston. His most recent album, Standards, was released in November. Brookmeyer earned eight GRAMMY nominations throughout his career, including three for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. He is currently nominated for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra's "Nasty Dance." (12/16)

David Foster Named Verve Music Chairman
Sixteen-time GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter David Foster has been named chairman of Verve Music Group, according to Based in Los Angeles, Foster will report to Universal Music Group Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge and will lead Verve's creative operations, focusing on identifying new talent and developing UMG's roster of adult contemporary and pop music. (12/16)

Wynton Marsalis Named CBS Cultural Correspondent
CBS Television Network, the longtime home of the GRAMMY Awards, has named nine-time GRAMMY-winning jazz artist Wynton Marsalis cultural correspondent for the network's weekday morning news show, as well as the "Sunday Morning" segment. Marsalis will provide coverage of cultural and educational stories, and will make his first report on CBS on Jan. 16, 2012. (12/16)


Summer Is For Jazz Festivals

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

Do you want to hear some great jazz? Conventional wisdom would suggest that you need to visit New York to see jazz in all of its glory. But, if you want to see live jazz and get the biggest bang for your hard-earned buck, you should check out a jazz festival. It doesn't matter where you're located or how big (or small) your budget is, there is likely a cool jazz event happening in a town or city near you.

The 36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will kick off during Memorial Day weekend, May 25–27, in Piedmont Park. Fans will be able to enjoy the music of BWB (a super group comprising Rick Braun and GRAMMY winners Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown featuring special guest GRAMMY winner Chrisette Michele), bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, saxist Tia Fuller, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire's quintet. The festival will also highlight up-and-coming artists such as vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist/composer Aaron Diehl with his quartet.

Over on the West Coast you can find more live music to savor at the 15th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival in Sonoma County in California. This year's 10-day schedule (May 31–June 9) includes a two-day tribute to 2013 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Charlie Haden, featuring performances by multi-instrumentalist/composer Carla Bley, Haden's Quartet West with special guest GRAMMY nominee Ravi Coltrane, alto saxist Lee Konitz, guitarist Bill Frisell, and pianist Geri Allen, among others. Additional artists scheduled to perform during the festival include GRAMMY-nominated African-American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock, saxist/flautist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran, the Sylvia Cuenca Trio, and the Marcus Shelby Orchestra and HJF Freedom Jazz Choir.

If you are north of the U.S. border, don't worry. On June 28 Canada residents will enjoy the beginning of the International Jazz Festival in Montreal. Through July 7, the festival will feature an array of legendary musical talent, including GRAMMY winners Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, among others.

The following event should not be missed: saxist/composer and multi-GRAMMY winner Wayne Shorter will celebrate his 80th birthday during the Montreal jazz festival with a star-studded performance with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Joe Lovano, and the Dave Douglas Quintet. Also set to perform are ACS: Allen, Carrington, Spalding, which will feature pianist Geri Allen and GRAMMY winners drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Esperanza Spalding.

If you decide to fit a jazz festival into your summer plans this year, you are sure to hear fantastic music, meet cool people and enjoy great food, too.

MusiCares Announces 20th Anniversary Campaign


MusiCares Announces 20th Anniversary Campaign

Campaign launched with $5 million matching challenge gift from the ELMA Music Foundation and a significant gift in memory of George Harrison

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

MusiCares has announced its 20th Anniversary Campaign fundraising effort with a $5 million matching gift from the ELMA Music Foundation and a significant gift from Olivia Harrison and the Material World Foundation in memory of George Harrison. The overall fundraising goal of the campaign is $15 million.

MusiCares ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need by providing programs and services, including emergency financial assistance, educational workshops, flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. Additionally, the MusiCares MAP Fund allows ongoing access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community regardless of their financial circumstances, including Safe Harbor Rooms, weekly addiction support groups and the MusiCares Sober Touring Network. In its first 20 years, MusiCares has served 65,000 clients, awarded 18,000 grants and provided $24 million in funding to members of the music community.

"The MusiCares 20th Anniversary Campaign is an opportunity to create a legacy for our future and long-term resources for the music people we serve," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "We thank all of our leadership donors for their generosity, and we want to highlight the ELMA Music Foundation and Olivia Harrison and the Material World Foundation for their extraordinary gifts that represent both sides of the music world — the industry professional and the artist."

"It is a privilege to honor George with a gift to MusiCares' 20th Anniversary Campaign," said Harrison. "Music was his life as it is for all fellow musicians. They and their families deserve the support of those in a position to assist during difficult times. MusiCares has brought together a great community of friends bonded by music and compassion. George would appreciate having this gift made in his name."

The campaign cabinet, co-chaired by noted entertainment attorney and MusiCares' Board Chair Emeritus John Branca and legendary record company executive Mo Ostin, has raised more than $11.1 million to date from numerous donors, including the Academy of Country Music, Herb Alpert Foundation, Lynn and Les Bider Family Foundation, Chris Blackwell, Pat Boone, the John Branca family, Cirque du Soleil, John Densmore, ELMA Music Foundation, David Foster Foundation, Barry Gibb, Gibson Foundation, Joel Katz, Tim Leiweke, Jim Long, the Material World Foundation, Jerry Moss, MTV Networks, Chuck Ortner, Ostin Family Foundation, Neil Portnow, Rhino Records, Bill Silva, David Sonenberg, Streisand Foundation, Rod Temperton, and Barry Weiss.

"The music world is a remarkably diverse gathering of people — from those who stand in the spotlight to people who work behind the scenes — all of whom are equally important to the music ecosystem," said Branca. "And MusiCares has been providing help to this entire community for many years."

"The MusiCares 20th Anniversary Campaign is designed to set an example of 'giving back' from the spectrum of individuals who have benefitted from working in an industry that rewards creative excellence," added Ostin.


The Recording Academy, CBS Announce 10-Year Deal For The GRAMMYs Awards

New agreement to keep Music's Biggest Night on CBS through 2021, beginning with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The Recording Academy and CBS announced today a new 10-year deal that will keep Music's Biggest Night, the annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast, on CBS through 2021. The new agreement further extends one of the longest broadcast partnerships in television history with CBS being the broadcast home of the GRAMMY Awards since 1973. The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

"We are so pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with our friends at CBS, which has grown beyond our signature GRAMMY Awards event," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "We have consistently collaborated to ensure that a dynamic, fresh and diverse live telecast is presented, and we are proud of the collective growth and results we have achieved. In recent years, we have worked diligently to develop new GRAMMY programming that celebrates music throughout the year and now, with many more nights of great music and television ahead of us, we look forward to continuing to expand our brand and partnership."

"We are excited to be the home of the GRAMMYs for another decade and to continue our long and mutually beneficial partnership with The Recording Academy," said Leslie Moonves, president and chief executive officer, CBS Corporation. "The long-term structure of this deal will provide even greater continuity with marketing and sales opportunities for both organizations for an event that continues to grow in size and scope — both culturally and commercially."

"CBS and the GRAMMYs continue to be a partnership of two great brands combining to create one of television's most celebrated nights," said Nina Tassler, president, CBS Entertainment. "It is an event that has become an entertainment force in generating audience, social media conversation and music sales."

In addition to the annual awards telecast, the 10-year agreement also includes the continued annual broadcast of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," a one-hour special that sets the stage for the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast with nominations in several categories and performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees. This year's special will be broadcast live in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 30. This marks the fourth consecutive year that nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards will be announced live on primetime television.

The new agreement also includes the addition of a new two-hour series of GRAMMY specials, details of which will be announced in the future.

The GRAMMY Awards broadcast is one of television's major events, ranking as one of the highest-rated and most-watched specials, especially among younger viewers. Ratings for the GRAMMY Awards have soared over the last several years. The broadcast of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards attracted 26.7 million viewers, its largest audience since 2000. In key demographics, the broadcast averaged 10.8/26 in adults 25–54, 10.0/27 in adults 18–49 and 9.5/28 in adults 18–34, its best deliveries in these ratings measures since 2004. CBS Research estimated that more than 61 million viewers watched all or part of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards.

In 2010 the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards delivered 25.87 million viewers, 10.6/24 in adults 25–54, 9.9/24 in adults 18–49, and 9.1/24 in adults 18–34, which marked the best ratings in these key demographic categories since 2004.

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Dua Lipa, Common, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Shania Twain, Keith Urban And More To Present At 2020 GRAMMYs

Dua Lipa


Dua Lipa, Common, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Shania Twain, Keith Urban And More To Present At 2020 GRAMMYs

Plus, current GRAMMY nominees Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker will play double duty as both presenters and performers

GRAMMYs/Jan 23, 2020 - 02:06 am

The Recording Academy has announced the lineup of presenters for the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Set to hand out the golden gramophones on Music's Biggest Night are current GRAMMY nominees Jim Gaffigan and Trevor Noah, both nominated in the Best Comedy Album category this year, plus previous GRAMMY winners Common, Cynthia Erivo, Dua Lipa, Billy Porter, Smokey Robinson, Shania Twain, Keith Urban and Stevie Wonder. The night's presenters will also include past GRAMMY nominees Ava DuVernay and Bebe Rexha, plus music industry moguls Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne

Additionally, previously announced Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker will play double duty as both presenters and performers. 

Read: Gloria Gaynor And Cheap Trick To Headline The 2020 GRAMMY Celebration 

The 2020 presenters join an all-star cast of previously announced world-class artists and performers, who will take the stage at this year's GRAMMYs, including Aerosmith, who are also performing live at the 2020 MusiCares Person Of The Year event in their honor, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Ariana Grande, Jonas Brothers, Camila Cabello, Rosalía, H.E.R., Demi Lovato, Bonnie Raitt, Run-D.M.C., Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Tyler, The Creator and Charlie Wilson. Additionally, John Legend, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, YG and Kirk Franklin will perform all-star tribute to the late, GRAMMY-nominated Nipsey Hussle.

Read: Aerosmith To Perform Live At The 2020 MusiCares Person Of The Year 

The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, hosted by Alicia Keys, will be broadcast live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS. Learn more about where and how to watch Music's Biggest Night

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