Jazz Grammy Winners

History holds true as the Pat Metheny Group won the Best Contemporary Jazz award at the Grammy Awards on February 23. Metheny beat out excellent releases by John Scofield, Joe Zawinul, Yellowjackets, and Larry Carlton. Metheny didn’t win every award he was nominated for tonight, though. B.B. King took home the Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Auld Lang Syne” against Metheny, Dave and Jeff Koz, Moby, and Kirk Whalum.

The Caribbean Jazz Project won the Best Latin Album. The Dave Holland Big Band won for Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Herbie Hancock picked up a couple of Grammys. He won Jazz Instrumental Solo for “My Ship” from the Directions In Music CD. He also got the award with Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove for that release in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group category. Diana Krall bested the other women (no men nominated in this category?!) for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Dave Grusin won Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for “Mean Old Man” from James Taylor’s October Road. And the magic holds true when Take 6 and Stevie Wonder get together. The guys won R&B Performance by a Duo or Group for “Love’s in Need of Love Today” from the America – A Tribute To Heroes release.

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.