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Cleveland, OH – Telarc International and Heads Up International received 19 GRAMMY® nominations, as announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) on December 3, 2008. The nominations were in an array of categories including pop, jazz, classical, Latin, blues and gospel. All nominations were for albums released between October 2007 and September 2008. Winners will be announced at the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards Ceremony, to be held on Sunday, February 8, 2009, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and once again will be broadcast live on CBS at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

The nominations are:

General Field

Category 9 – Best Pop Instrumental Performance

“Fortune Teller” (track from Energy)

Artists: Fourplay

[Heads Up International]

Category 10 – Best Pop Instrumental Album

A Night Before Christmas

Artists: Spyro Gyra

[Heads Up International]

Field 10 – Jazz

Category 45 — Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Lifecycle

Artists: Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern

[Heads Up International]

Category 47 – Best Jazz Instrumental Solo

“Seven Steps To Heaven” (track from The Standard)

Artists: Take 6

[Heads Up International]

Category 50 – Best Latin Jazz Album

Afro Bop Alliance

Artists: Caribbean Jazz Project

[Heads Up International]

Field 11 – Gospel

Category 51 – Best Gospel Performance

“Shall We Gather At The River” (track from The Standard)

Artists: Take 6

[Heads Up International]

Field 13 – Blues

Category 66 – Best Traditional Blues Album

Pinetop Perkins & Friends

Artists: Pinetop Perkins & Friends

[Stoneagle Music/Telarc]

Category 67 – Best Contemporary Blues Album

Maestro

Artist: Taj Mahal

[Heads Up International]

Field 16 – World Music

Category 74 – Best Traditional World Music Album

Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

Artists: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

[Heads Up International]

Field 23 – Composing/Arranging

Category 85 – Best Instrumental Composition

“Claire’s Closet” (track from Lifecycle)

Composer: Russell Ferrante

Artists: Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern

[Heads Up International]

Category 87 – Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

“Grace” (track from The Standard)

Arranger: Cendric Dent

Artists: Take 6

[Heads Up International]

“Johnny One Note” (track from With A Song In My Heart)

Arranger: Don Sebesky

Artist: John Pizzarelli

[Telarc International]

Field 28 – Surround Sound

Category 95 – Best Surround Sound Album

Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Night On Bald Mountain; Prelude To Khovanshchina
Michael Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop, surround mastering engineer; Robert Woods, surround producer (Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
[Telarc International]

Field 29 – Production, Classical

Category 96 – Best Engineered Album, Classical

Puccini: La Bohème
Michael Bishop, engineer (Robert Spano & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
[Telarc International]

Category 97 – Producer Of The Year, Classical
Judith Sherman

Carter, Elliott: String Quartets Nos. 1 And 5 (Pacifica Quartet)

Piano Music Of Salonen, Stucky And Lutoslawski (Gloria Cheng)

Reich: Daniel Variations (Grant Gershon, Alan Pierson, Los Angeles Master Chorale & London Sinfonietta)

Riley, Terry: The Cusp Of Magic (Kronos Quartet & Wu Man)

String Poetic (Jennifer Koh & Reiko Uchida)

Robert Woods

Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Night On Bald Mountain, Prelude To Khovanshchina (Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Lieutenant Kijé Suite (Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

Puccini: La Bohème (Robert Spano & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)

Ravel: Boléro (Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra)

Revolutionary (Cameron Carpenter)

Field 30 – Classical

Category 103 – Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
Piano Music Of Salonen, Stucky, And Lutoslawski
Artist: Gloria Cheng
[Telarc International]

Revolutionary
Artist: Cameron Carpenter
[Telarc International]

Field 30 – Classical

Category 107 – Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Gandolfi: The Garden Of Cosmic Speculation
Composer: Michael Gandolfi (Robert Spano)
[Telarc International]

Since 1980, Telarc International has been honored with 55 GRAMMY® Awards for performance, production, and engineering. Other important awards have included the French Grand Prix du Disque and Diapason d’Or; Japan’s Record of the Year; Germany’s Audiophile CD of the Year; and Gramophone Magazine’s 2004 Label of the Year. Although it began as a classical-only label, Telarc now boasts a catalog of more than 1000 recordings, ranging from classical and classical-crossover to jazz, contemporary jazz, Americana, pop and blues. Telarc releases approximately fifty-five recordings each year, working with a notable roster of artists.

For nearly 20 years, Heads Up International has been successfully carving its niche in the world of contemporary instrumental music. In that time, Heads Up artists and releases have consistently landed on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz, Traditional Jazz and World Music charts, and have garnered numerous industry awards, including Billboard’s Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year, the AFIM’s Independent Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, five GRAMMY® Awards and numerous GRAMMY® nominations. Heads Up was also the winner of JazzWeek’s Radio Programmers Album Of The Year Award for two consecutive years, and Gibson Guitar’s Best Female Jazz Guitarist. In addition to the awards and accolades, Heads Up artists have regularly captured the #1 slot in national radio airplay.