GRAMMY Week Highlights Jazz, Classical
GRAMMY Salute To Jazz to honor James Moody, Phil Woods and GRAMMY Salute To Classical Music to honor the Romeros
The Recording Academy will spotlight the jazz and classical genres during GRAMMY Week with the GRAMMY Salute To Jazz honoring James Moody and Phil Woods and the GRAMMY Salute To Classical Music honoring the Romeros. The events celebrate these genres and honorees that have made significant contributions in their respective fields. Each event will feature live performances and a special presentation of The Recording Academy President's Merit Award to these accomplished artists in honor of their professional achievements.
"In keeping with the mission of The Recording Academy and our GRAMMY Week festivities, we acknowledge and recognize the achievements of jazz and classical legends who have made significant contributions to their respective musical genres and beyond," said Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. "We are pleased to honor and pay tribute to such innovators whose passion and skills have and will continue to enrich our musical history for many generations."
GRAMMY Salute To Jazz honoree Moody has been playing the saxophone and flute for more than five decades and continues to tour extensively in the United States and Europe. The energetic and prolific artist is one of the most expressive and enduring figures in modern jazz. Honoree Woods, an alto saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer, has recorded extensively both as a leader and sideman since the 1950s. He has worked alongside such great musicians as Charlie Barnet, Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Benny Carter, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and Steely Dan.
The special presentation will take place on Feb. 6 in Hollywood, Calif., and will feature live performances and appearances by the honorees and the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles.
At this year's GRAMMY Salute To Classical Music luncheon, The Recording Academy will pay tribute to "The Royal Family of the Guitar," the Romeros. A genuine institution, the Romeros encompass three generations of gifted guitar players whose unique sound has delighted audiences and won the raves of music critics worldwide for more than 40 years. The internationally renowned ensemble has consistently performed with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the United States and has inspired composers to enrich the repertoire of guitar quartet with orchestra, which includes works by numerous distinguished composers.
The event will take place on Feb. 7 in Los Angeles, and guests will include prominent members of the classical music community.
The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, Feb. 11 from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).