Jazz Grammy Nominees – Same Old

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The nominees for the 51st Grammy Awards have been announced. I don’t have anything to say about this year’s jazz nominees that I haven’t already said. It’s a lot of familiar names if you’ve followed the nominees and winners in the past. My criticism from three years ago is still valid. Except for maybe the Yellowjackets’ Marcus Baylor, none of the nominees in the Best Contemporary Jazz category are under the age of 50. I’m not saying that these guys don’t deserve it. It’s a call out to the Academy to break out of their predictable, perpetual cycle of nominating names they recognize. Surely someone else deserves a shot. Or is this it? There are no “new,” award-worthy contemporary jazz musicians?

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