McCoy Tyner, Nancy Wilson, Herbie Hancock Win Jazz Grammys
By Ben Mattison
Pianist McCoy Tyner, vocalist Nancy Wilson, and pianist Herbie Hancock were among the jazz musicians winning Grammy Awards today.
The jazz awards were presented at a ceremony this afternoon at the Los Angles Convention Center.
The legendary Tyner, a onetime John Coltrane sideman, won his fifth Grammy, in the Best Instrumental Album, Individual or Group category, for Illuminations. The all-star album also features saxophonist Gary Bartz, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Lewis Nash.
Wilson won the award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for R.S.V.P (Rare Songs, Very Personal). The singer won for the first time since 1964, when she was honored in the rhythm and blues category.
Hancock brought home his tenth Grammy, winning the Best Jazz Instrumental Solo category for "Speak Like a Child," a track from his album With All My Heart.
Other winners included guitarist Bill Frisell, for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, and bassist Charlie Haden, for Best Latin Jazz Album. Maria Schneider won for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for Concert in the Garden, a CD sold only over the Internet.
A complete list of jazz nominees is below. Winners are in bold.
Best Contemporary Jazz Album
In Praise Of Dreams
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Accentuate The Positive
The Dana Owens Album
R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
I Want To Be Happy
Speak Like A Child
Bulería, Soleá y Rumba
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Fountain Of Youth
The Out-Of -Towners
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Get Well Soon
On The Wild Side
Concert In The Garden
The Way: Music Of Slide Hampton
Best Latin Jazz Album
Jerry Gonzalez y Los Piratas Del Flamenco
Land Of The Sun
Another Kind Of Blue: The Latin Side Of Miles Davis
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