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- The Grammy Bunch: current and past nominees with a Hoosier connection
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards are stocked with Hoosiers this year, with 13 alums and one faculty member from IU's Jacobs School of Music nominated in 10 categories.
For Best Instrumental Composition and for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, three of the five nominations have IU ties. Two IU Alums are up for Best Contemporary Instrumental; two for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media; and two for Best Opera Recording.
Double bassist Edgar Meyer is cited in three different categories: Best Contemporary Instrumental, Best Instrumental Composition and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical). David Miles Huber is up for both engineering and producing for Best Surround Sound Album. Jerry Hey and Andrew Hey are up for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton could take duo honors for Best Contemporary Instrumental. Allee is on the album up for Best Large Jazz Ensemble and Best Instrumental Composition. Botti, Booker T Jones and Meyer are previous winners. Lawrence Brownlee, Franz Grundheber, Hamilton, Huber, Aaron Sheehan and Cory Smythe are previous nominees.
Reflecting on being company with fellow IU alums, Brownlee touches on “the impact the Jacobs School of Music is having in the field of music, and the instruction and preparation committed students receive there from the world class faculty and staff, in wonderful facilities. It would be incredible to win the Grammy, but having been nominated with so many wonderful colleagues, it feels that I have already accomplished something I can be proud of.”
Steve Allee, the sole faculty member nominated this year, in an email interview underscores Brownlee’s observation. “Teaching at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University feels like coming home to me. I have a close bond with so many of the professors.”
Allee describes Rufus Reid’s Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project as “important to the large ensemble art form. His compositions present a new perspective, one that has not been previously explored. His pieces are personal; they are advanced in a harmonic way and emotionally engaging, pleasant and exciting to listen to. I find it commendable that Rufus, rather than resting on his past accomplishments as sideman for Dexter Gordon, Eddie Harris, Stan Getz, Thad Jones and Nancy Wilson, is writing something brand new that is original, fresh and in an entirely new style. It takes courage to do this.”
Allee's full 20-member ensemble will appear at The Jazz Standard in New York City from Feb. 26 - March 1.
Linda Cajigas at Jacobs School of Music did massive sleuthing to find Grammy-IU connections from resources dating 2007 to the present.
Eight current faculty members are winners, including Joshua Bell, Dale Clevenger (as part of ensembles, including Chicago Symphony Orchestra brass), Sylvia McNair, Pacifica Quartet (Simin Ganatra, Sibbi Bernhardsson, Masumi Per Rostad, Brandon Vamos) and André Watts.
Eight current faculty members have received nominations, including Steve Allee, David Baker, Wendy Gillespie (as part of Fretwork and Phantasm), Timothy Noble, Menahem Pressler (as part of Beaux Arts Trio), Michael Spiro, Carol Vaness and Wayne Wallace.
Alumni winners 2007-2014 include Jim Beard (keyboards), Chris Botti (trumpet), the late Michael Brecker (saxophone/composition), Randy Brecker (trumpet/flugelhorn), Angelin Chang (piano), John Clayton (double bass) Peter Erskine (drums), Jerry Hey (arranger), Booker T Jones (multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer/arranger), and Edgar Meyer (double bass).
Alumni nominees include: Jamie Barton (mezzo), David Bixler (arranger on 40 Acres and a Burro, nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album), Heather Martin Bixler (violin on 40 Acres and a Burro, nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album), Lawrence Brownlee (tenor), Vivica Genaux (mezzo), Franz Grundheber (baritone), Eric Guinivan (as part of Los Angeles Percussion Quartet), Jeff Hamilton (as part of Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra), David Miles Huber (engineer/producer), Aaron Sheehan (early music tenor), Cory Smythe (piano) and Carolyn Worra (soprano).
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Your Hoosier Grammy nomination guide:
Best Contemporary Instrumental: Edgar Meyer, double bass with mandolinist Chris Thile on Bass & Mandolin; and Booker T Jones, organ on Mindi Abair’s Wild Heart
Best Jazz Vocal: Chris Botti, trumpet on “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro”
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Steve Allee, piano on Rufus Reid’s Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project; John Clayton, bass, composer, leader and liner notes for The L.A. Treasures Project; Jeff Hamilton, composer, leader, producer, rhythm for The L.A. Treasures Project
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Jerry Hey, horn arrangement for Get On Up: The James Brown Story; Andrew Hey, engineer and mixer for Get On Up: The James Brown Story
Best Instrumental Composition: Steve Allee, piano, for the track “Recognition” on Rufus Reid’s Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project; Scott Wendholt, trumpet on “OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer” by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, on “Suite for Three–Scott,” written for Wendholt by Brookmeyer; and Edgar Meyer, composer with Chris Thile for “Tarnation.”
Best Engineered Album Non-Classical: Edgar Meyer for Bass & Mandolin
Best Surround Sound Album: three citations for engineering & producing, David Miles Huber, surround mix engineer; surround mastering engineer; surround producer for Chamberland: The Berlin Remixes
Best Opera recording: Aaron Sheehan, early music tenor on Charpentier: La Descente D’Orphée Aux Enfers; and Franz Grundheber, baritone on Schönberg: Moses Und Aron
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Cory Smythe, piano for In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores
Best Classical Solo Vocal: Lawrence Brownlee, tenor, with Constantine Orbelian, conductor (Kansas City Symphony Orchestra) for Virtuoso Rossini Arias