If names of nominees for the 2016 Grammy Awards sound familiar to Hopkins Center audience members, that’s because a large chunk of them have either performed at the Hop recently or will do so later this year.
Coming up this winter and spring are several artists who received nominations earlier this week:
- Guitarist Bill Frisell (performing on January 27 with saxophonist Charles Lloyd), whose Guitar In The Space Age! (Okeh) was nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album;
- Maria Schneider (April 19), whose The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare) was nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo and whose arrangement of Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) on David Bowie’s album Nothing Has Changed (Legacy/Columbia) was nominated for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocal; and
- Angélique Kidjo (April 26), whose Sings (429 Records) was nominated for Best World Music Album.
Other nominees include artists who have performed recently at the Hop:
- Saxophonist Joshua Redman, whose Friend Or Foe from the album The Bad Plus Joshua Redman (Nonesuch) was nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo;
- Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose For One To Love (Mack Avenue Records) was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album;
- Terence Blanchard and The E-Collective, whose Breathless (Blue Note Records) was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album;
- Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, whose eponymous album (Rounder) was nominated for Best Folk Album and included the track And Am I Born to Die, nominated for Best American Roots Performance;
- Rhiannon Giddens, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) was nominated for Best Folk Album;
- Latin-jazz bandleader Arturo O’Farrill, who has performed numerous times with Dartmouth’s Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble and whose Cuba: The Conversation Continues (Motema Music) was nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and includes The Afro Latin Jazz Suite, nominated for Best Instrumental Composition;
- Contending for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Tanja Tetzlaff, Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt’s Brahms: The Piano Trios (Ondine); Eighth Blackbird’s Filament (Cedille Records); and the Takács Quartet’s album with Marc-André Hamelin, Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2 (Hyperion); and
- Pianist Ursula Oppens, whose recording Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Cedille Records) was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.
The 58th Grammy Awards Ceremony takes place on Monday, February 15, 2016.