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Cleveland, OH – The Concord-Telarc Division of Concord Music Group received 18 GRAMMY® nominations, as announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) on December 5, 2012. All nominations were for albums released from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012. Winners will be announced at the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM ET/PT from Staples Center in Los Angeles, airing live on the CBS Television Network.
The Concord-Telarc Division nominations are:
Best Pop Instrumental Album:
Gerald Albright & Norman Brown
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Manuel Valera, Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger, has been nominated for the Grammy Awards for his album New Cuban Express in the Best Latin Jazz category.
Manuel is also the piano faculty of Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, Chennai. It’s a proud moment for the artiste and the academy. Prasanna, president of the academy, says, “Manuel is one of the most amazing Cuban virtuosos today. I saw him perform at the Newport Jazz Festival in September 2012. We wish him well for the Grammy Award night. He will be traveling to Los Angeles for the ceremony and be back in the academy hopefully with the award.”
Manuel is in the forefront of contemporary modern jazz and represents the next generation of great performers and composers.
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Bobby Sanabria Big Band’s
2 GRAMMY Award Nominations
Best Latin Jazz Album – Bobby Sanabria Big Band’s MULTIVERSE (Jazzheads)
Best Instrumental Arrangement – “Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite For Ellington” Michael Philip Mossman, arranger – Bobby Sanabria Big Band’s MULTIVERSE (Jazzheads)
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Heralded as one of the “Best Jazz Albums of 2011” by NPR’s A Blog Supreme, the critically acclaimed Ninety Miles cast: vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist David Sánchez, trumpeter Christian Scott along with Rember Duharte and Harold López-Nussa, are captured for their first & only live performance on the release that inspired the original cross-cultural project: Ninety Miles Live at Cubadisco.
Perhaps better than any politician or diplomat, musicians — especially jazz musicians, whose craft is in many ways an improvised form of communication — understand inherently that when we look at each other as individuals and focus on the similarities, the divide between us is actually very short — less than a hundred miles.
“What’s up, San Francisco? Are you ready to have a good time?” asks timbales player and band leader Pete Escovedo at the beginning of Live From Stern Grove Festival, his terrific new album that captures a live show he played earlier this year at the legendary 75-year-old San Francisco cultural venue and institution. Escovedo and his band then swing into a breezy rendition of the Tito Puente classic “Picadillo Jam,” and from that moment it’s readily apparent the band can deliver on Escovedo’s promise. Live From Stern Grove Festival is set for digital release September 25, 2012 on Concord Picante/Stiletto Flats Inc. (There will be a physical release in 2013, international release dates may vary.) Continue reading
Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band -][- Live in Hollywood –Mp3– [Concord Picante, 2012] –
For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Sanchez pays tribute to these two titans on his new album, Chano y Dizzy!, his 25th recording as a bandleader on Concord Picante, set for release on September 27, 2011. For the first time, Sanchez and Francisco Torres, long time band member (trombone/vocals), join forces to produce the new album. -[Excerpt | Biography]-
As time allows, visit Poncho on his Facebook page.
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Harris, Sánchez and Scott -][- Ninety Miles Live At Cubadisco –Mp3– [Concord Picante, 2012] –
Perhaps better than any politician or diplomat, musicians – especially jazz musicians, whose craft is in many ways an improvised form of communication – understand inherently that when we look at each other as individuals and focus on the similarities, the divide between us is actually very short – less than a hundred miles.
Vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist David Sánchez and trumpeter Christian Scott first crossed that divide on their acclaimed two-disc CD/DVD package, Ninety Miles, released June 21, 2011. Recorded during the same trip, their first and only live performance, Ninety Miles Live At Cubadisco, is set for special U.S. digital release September 25, 2012 (international release dates may vary) on Concord Picante. Continue reading
The latest release, On The Way, from Negroni’s Trio, the distinctive unit featuring the father/son team of multitalented Puerto Rican pianist/composer Jose Negroni and his son, the powerful gifted young drummer Nomar Negroni, celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Miami based ensemble that continues to garner international acclaim in jazz and world music circles. Jose Negroni, a disciple of legendary Sonora Poncena pianist Papo Luca and an esteemed educator, renowned for his work at native island’s Conservatory of Music, established the band in 2002 as a vehicle for his unique artistic vision, combining elements of jazz, AfroCaribbean and European classical musics. Utilizing the potent polyrhythmic sensibilities of Berklee educated Nomar Negroni, nominated in 2008 as Best Drummer of the Year by The Latin Jazz Corner, the group realizes a visionary music that is greater than the sum of its individual parts. Continue reading
Grupo los Santos -][- CLAVE HEART – [OA2 Records, 2012] –
Grupo los Santos has been together for 15 years developing a strong following and individual sound, with a patented blend of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Flamenco and NYC Jazz influences; creating unique, original rumba, samba, and funky acoustic music. Drawing from the traditional/folkloric music of the Americas, played with an open and spontaneous jazz sensibility, the band cuts a very atypical profile in New York’s Jazz and Latin Jazz scene. The band’s love and individual deep study of these musical traditions has born great fruits, both compositionally and in performance and execution. The sound is coherent, focused and intelligent-the music is both classic and forward-looking at the same time-and the expression is original, soulful, high-energy and transcendent of idiom. Continue reading