Winning a Grammy award is often the highlight of any professional musician’s career. From the time a person first starts singing or playing an instrument, the dream of hearing one’s name called and walking on stage to receive the award is what makes all the hard work worth it. There were winners in many categories at the 55th Grammy Awards in such categories as country, rock and jazz. The Grammy winners in jazz were some of today’s most popular and talented artists.
The Grammy for Best Improvised Jazz Solo went to “Hot House,” the title track from the album which featured soloists Gary Burton and Chick Corea. The Best Jazz Vocal Album went to one of today’s brightest stars Esperanza Spalding for her album Radio Music Society. When looking to the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Album, there were several strong candidates for the award. But the winner in the end was Unity Band by Pat Metheny and the Unity Band. The Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Grammy was awarded to Arturo Sandoval for his wildly popular release Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You).
Latin Jazz was also recognized at the Grammy Awards. The award for Best Latin Jazz Album went to The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band for its album Ritmo. Finally, for Best Instrumental Composition we return to the popular album “Hot House.” Soloists Gary Burton and Chick Corea strike gold again with the composition titled “Mozart Goes Dancing.”
Jazz is a very complex musical genre to master, and all of these winners have proven they have done just that. While not wanting to rest on their laurels, these talented musicians are sure to be hard at work in the coming year to see if their dream comes true once again on the Grammy stage.