Herbie Hancock on TV Tonight

Herbie Hancock will be on tonight’s episode of The Screen Savers, a great computer program that airs each weeknight on the TechTV cable channel. Herbie talks about some new technology that he’s integrating into his concerts. The Screen Savers airs at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. CST tonight.

Sanborn’s Back

It’s been four years since his last solo release, but David Sanborn has a new CD on the way. Verve/GRP has an untitled release by the alto saxman on the schedule for May 13.

Latin Jazz DVD with Corea, Sandoval

Miami Jam - A Celebration of Latin JazzI don’t have this on my New Releases list, but a new DVD and VHS came out today called Miami Jam – A Celebration of Latin Jazz. The concert recording features musicians like Chick Corea, Arturo Sandoval, Pete Escovedo, Poncho Sanchez, Dave Valentin, Dave Samuels, and more celebrating their Latin heritage and/or influence. You can order the DVD or VHS at Amazon.com (a portion of your purchase benefits this site).

Grammy Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 45th Grammy Awards were announced today. It will be the most competitive year for the Best Contemporary Jazz Category. As history shows, Pat Metheny always wins. Every nomination = win. And he deserves it. However, this may be the year that that streak is broken. Look at this list: Uberjam – John Scofield; Mint Jam – Yellowjackets; Faces and Places – Joe Zawinul; Deep Into It – Larry Carlton; Speaking of Now – Pat Metheny Group. Wow.

Other nominees in other categories include Norah Jones (lots of nominations), Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Caribbean Jazz Project, Dave Douglas, Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, and Dave Holland. For the complete list of nominees, visit the Grammy site.

The winners will be announced on February 23 and the awards ceremony will be broadcast on CBS.