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Greetings jazz enthusiasts, listed below are artists Nominated for a Grammy Award per-category for 2011. After shimming through the artists names I’m pleasantly surprised at some of the names that appear and disappointed at some hopefuls that didn’t make the cut. All the best to the artists listed!

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place in Los Angeles at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, and will air live on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). As a result of last year’s earlier show and Awards process dates, this year the eligibility dates for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards are Sept. 1, 2009, through Sept. 30, 2010.–Grammy.com

The following albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL TRACKS.

The Stanley Clarke Band
The Stanley Clarke Band
[Heads Up International]

Never Can Say Goodbye
Joey DeFrancesco
[HighNote Records]

Now Is The Time
Jeff Lorber Fusion
[Heads Up International]

To The One
John McLaughlin
[Abstract Logix]

Trombone Shorty
[Verve Forecast]

45. Best Jazz Vocal Album
For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.

Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee
Dee Dee Bridgewater

Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B
Freddy Cole
[HighNote Records]

When Lights Are Low
Denise Donatelli
[Savant Records]

Lorraine Feather
[Jazzed Media]

Gregory Porter
[Motéma Music]

46. Best Improvised Jazz Solo

For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter’s name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.

Alan Broadbent, soloist
Track from: Live At Giannelli Square: Volume 1
[Chilly Bin Records]

A Change Is Gonna Come
Herbie Hancock, soloist
Track from: The Imagine Project
[Hancock Records]

Body And Soul
Keith Jarrett, soloist
Track from: Jasmine

Lonely Woman
Hank Jones, soloist
Track from: Pleased To Meet You
[Justin Time Records]

Van Gogh
Wynton Marsalis, soloist
Track from: Portrait In Seven Shades (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra)
[Jazz At Lincoln Center]

47. Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.

John Beasley
[Resonance Records]

The New Song and Dance
Clayton Brothers

Vijay Iyer Trio
[ACT Music + Vision]

Moody 4B
James Moody
[IPO Recordings]

Danilo Perez
[Mack Avenue Records]

48. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
For large jazz ensembles, including big band sounds. Albums must contain 51% or more INSTRUMENTAL tracks.

Infernal Machines
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
[New Amsterdam Records]

Autumn: In Moving Pictures Jazz – Chamber Music Vol. 2
Billy Childs Ensemble featuring The Ying String Quartet

Dave Holland Octet
[Dare2 Records]

Metropole Orkest, John Scofield & Vince Mendoza

Mingus Big Band Live At Jazz Standard
Mingus Big Band
[Jazz Workshop, Inc./Jazz Standard]

49. Best Latin Jazz Album
Vocal or Instrumental.

Tango Grill
Pablo Aslan

Second Chance
Hector Martignon

Psychedelic Blues
Poncho Sanchez
[Concord Picante]

Chucho’s Steps
Chucho Valdés and The Afro-Cuban Messengers
[Four Quarters Entertainment]

¡Bien Bien!
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
[Patois Records]