Meet the 2021 Jazz GRAMMY Nominees

Genre-defying instrumentalists, vanguard vocalists and jazz legends are among the nominees for the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Find out who was nominated in the jazz and contemporary instrumentalist categories (and which artist made the cut for “Album of the Year”) in the list below. The televised GRAMMY ceremony will air on CBS on January 31, under COVID-19 restrictions. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah will serve as host.

Album of the Year

 

  • “Chilombo” —Jhené Aiko
  • “Black Pumas” (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas
  • “Everyday Life” — Coldplay
  • “Djesse Vol. 3″ — Jacob Collier
  • “Women in Music Pt. III” — Haim
  • “Future Nostalgia” — Dua Lipa
  • “Hollywood’s Bleeding” — Post Malone
  • “Folklore” — Taylor Swift

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

 

  • GUINEVERE
    Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, soloist
    Track from: Axiom
  • PACHAMAMA
    Regina Carter, soloist
    Track from: Ona (Thana Alexa)
  • CELIA
    Gerald Clayton, soloist
  • ALL BLUES
    Chick Corea, soloist
    Track from: Trilogy 2 (Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade)
  • MOE HONK
    Joshua Redman, soloist
    Track from: RoundAgain (Redman Mehldau McBride Blade)

Best Jazz Vocal Album

 

  • ONA
    Thana Alexa
  • SECRETS ARE THE BEST STORIES
    Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez
  • MODERN ANCESTORS
    Carmen Lundy
  • HOLY ROOM: LIVE AT ALTE OPER
    Somi With Frankfurt Radio Big Band
  • WHAT’S THE HURRY
    Kenny Washington

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

 

  • ON THE TENDER SPOT OF EVERY CALLOUSED MOMENT
    Ambrose Akinmusire
  • WAITING GAME
    Terri Lyne Carrington And Social Science
  • HAPPENING: LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
    Gerald Clayton
  • TRILOGY 2
    Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade
  • ROUNDAGAIN
    Redman Mehldau McBride Blade

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

 

  • DIALOGUES ON RACE
    Gregg August
  • MONK’ESTRA PLAYS JOHN BEASLEY
    John Beasley
  • THE INTANGIBLE BETWEEN
    Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band
  • SONGS YOU LIKE A LOT
    John Hollenbeck With Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, Gary Versace And The Frankfurt Radio Big Band
  • DATA LORDS
    Maria Schneider Orchestra

Best Latin Jazz Album

 

  • TRADICIONES
    Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra
  • FOUR QUESTIONS
    Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • CITY OF DREAMS
    Chico Pinheiro
  • VIENTO Y TIEMPO – LIVE AT BLUE NOTE TOKYO
    Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola
  • TRANE’S DELIGHT
    Poncho Sanchez

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

 

  • AXIOM
    Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah
  • CHRONOLOGY OF A DREAM: LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
    Jon Batiste
  • TAKE THE STAIRS
    Black Violin
  • AMERICANA
    Grégoire Maret, Romain Collin & Bill Frisell
  • LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
    Snarky Puppy

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