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Billy Childs, Fred Hersch and Chris Potter Lead the Jazz Nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards

Rob Davidson
Billy Childs, at a WBGO / Yamaha Salon Concert

Nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards were announced this morning. Here are the nominees in the Jazz field. Pianists Billy Childs and Fred Hersch are each multiple nominees, in the album and solo categories. So is saxophonist Chris Potter. Stay tuned to WBGO and wbgo.org for more commentary about the awards.

For Best Jazz Instrumental Album:

Open Book (Palmetto), by Fred Hersch

Project Freedom (Mack Avenue), Joey DeFrancesco & The People

Rebirth (Mack Avenue), by Billy Childs

The Dreamer Is The Dream (ECM), by Chris Potter

Uptown, Downtown (Impulse!), by the Bill Charlap Trio

For Best Improvised Jazz Solo:

• Sara Caswell, on “Can't Remember Why,” from Whispers On The Wind (Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge)

• Billy Childs, on “Dance Of Shiva,” from his album Rebirth

• Fred Hersch, on “Whisper Not,” from his album Open Book

• John McLaughlin, on “Miles Beyond,” from his album Live @ Ronnie Scott's

• Chris Potter, on “Ilimba,” from his album The Dreamer Is The Dream

For Best Jazz Vocal Album:

A Social Call (Concord Jazz), by Jazzmeia Horn

Bad Ass And Blind (Artistry Music Limited), by Raul Midón

Dreams And Daggers (Mack Avenue), by Cécile McLorin Salvant

The Journey (Be a Light), by The Baylor Project

Porter Plays Porter (self-released) by the Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King

For Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:

• Bringin' It (Mack Avenue), by the Christian McBride Big Band

Homecoming (Sunnyside), by Vince Mendoza & WDR Big Band Cologne

Jigsaw (Sunnyside), by the Alan Ferber Big Band

• MONK'estra Vol. 2 (Mack Avenue), by John Beasley

• Whispers On The Wind (Summit), by Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge

For Best Latin Jazz Album:

• Hybrido - From Rio To Wayne Shorter (AAM Music), by Antonio Adolfo

Oddara (Linnus Entertainment), by Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

• Outra Coisa - The Music Of Moacir Santos (Anzic), by Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves

Típico (self-released), by Miguel Zenón

• Jazz Tango (Zoho), by Pablo Ziegler Trio

For Best Instrumental Composition:

• “Alkaline,” Pascal Le Boeuf, composer (Le Boeuf Brothers & JACK Quartet)

• “Choros #3,” Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza & WDR Big Band Cologne)

• “Home Free (For Peter Joe),” by Nate Smith, composer (Nate Smith)

• “Three Revolutions,” Arturo O'Farrill, composer (Arturo O'Farrill & Chucho Valdés)

• “Warped Cowboy,” by Chuck Owen, composer (Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge)

For Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella:

• “All Hat, No Saddle,” by Chuck Owen, arranger (Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge)

• “Escapades For Alto Saxophone And Orchestra From Catch Me If You Can,” John Williams, arranger (John Williams)

• “Home Free (For Peter Joe),” by Nate Smith, arranger (Nate Smith)

• “Ugly Beauty/Pannonica,” by John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)

• “White Christmas,” Chris Walden, arranger (Herb Alpert)

For Best Traditional Blues Album:

• Blue & Lonesome (Polydor), The Rolling Stones

Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (Alligator), Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio

Migration Blues (Stony Plain), by Eric Bibb

• Roll And Tumble (Waxploitation), R.L. Boyce

• Sonny & Brownie's Last Train (M.C.), Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi

For Best Contemporary Blues Album:

• Live From The Fox Oakland (Fantasy), Tedeschi Trucks Band

• Got Soul (Sony Masterworks), Robert Randolph & The Family Band

• Recorded Live In Lafayette (Provogue), Sonny Landreth

• Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (Jay-Vee), Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

• TajMo (Concord), Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo'

See the full nominee list here. 

The 60th Grammy Awards will be held in New York on Jan. 28. For more information, visit grammy.com.

A veteran jazz critic and award-winning author, and a regular contributor to NPR Music.