Jazz Grammy Winners

March 11, 2021

The late Chick Corea won two Grammy Awards, announced Sunday, March 14, at the 2021 awards ceremony, broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Corea’s Grammys were: Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “All Blues” on the Concord Jazz album, Trilogy 2 with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blades; and, shared with McBride and Blades, for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, also for Trilogy 2. His awards were accepted by his wife, Gayle Moran.

Other winners:

  • Best Jazz Vocal Album, Secrets Are The Best Stories, Kurt Elling/Danilo Perez (Editions Records Ltd.). See Talking Jazz with Kurt Elling (Jersey Jazz, February 2021).
  • Best Large Ensemble Album, Data Lords (ArtistShare), Maria Schneider.
  • Best Latin Jazz Album, Four Questions, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (Zoho Music).
  • Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Ground Up Music LLC), Snarky Puppy.
  • Best Instrumental Composition, “Sputnik” by Maria Schneider in Data Lords (ArtistShare).
  • Best Traditional Pop Album, American Standard (Fantasy), James Taylor and John Pizzarelli with Blue Lou Marini and Walt Fowler. See James Taylor and John Pizzarelli Collaborate on an Album of Standards (Jersey Jazz, July/August 2020).
  • Best R&B Song, “Better Than I Imagined” (Loma Vista Recordings) Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson.

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