April 1, 2022

Celebrating MSM Faculty & Alumni nominated for 2022 GRAMMY Awards

Congratulations to the many MSM faculty and alumni nominated for the 2022 GRAMMY Awards, taking place on April 3, 2022!

Discover the nominees here, and listen to their music on our 2022 GRAMMY Award Nominees Spotify playlist! See the full list of 2022 GRAMMY Award nominees here.

Jazz Nominees

  • Terence Blanchard (HonDMA '19, MSM trustee)

  • MSM faculty member Jean Baylor

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Absence”
Terence Blanchard (HonDMA ’19, MSM Trustee), soloist
Track from: Terence Blanchard featuring the E Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet: Absence
 Listen on Spotify

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Generations
The Baylor Project (featuring MSM faculty member Jean Baylor with husband Marcus Baylor)
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Best Jazz Instrumental Album 

Terence Blanchard featuring the E Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet: Absence
Terence Blanchard
(HonDMA ’19) with the E Collective, including pianist Fabian Almazan (BM ’06, MM ’09), and with the Turtle Island Quartet, including MSM alumnus violist Benjamin Von Gutzeit (MM ’12)
Listen on Spotify

Skyline
MSM alumnus and faculty member Ron Carter (MM ’61, HonDMA ’98), Jack DeJohnette, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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  • Pianist Fabian Almazan (BM '06, MM '09)

  • Violist Benjamin Von Gutzeit (MM ’12)

  • MSM alumnus and faculty member Ron Carter (MM '61, HonDMA '98)

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album 

For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver
Christian McBride Big Band including MSM tenor sax alumnus Loren Schoenberg (BM ’80) and MSM bass trombone alumnus Douglas Purviance (MM ’92)
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  • MSM alumnus tenor saxophonist Loren Schoenberg (BM ’80)

  • MSM alumnus bass trombonist Douglas Purviance (MM ’92)

Best Latin Jazz Album 

Virtual Birdland
MSM faculty member Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, featuring MSM alumni alto saxophonist Adison Evans (MM ’19); trombonists Abdulrahman “Rocky” Amer (BM ’19) and Rafi Malkiel (MM ’00); and trumpeters Seneca Black (BM ’97) and Adam O’Farrill (BM ’16)
Listen on Spotify

Transparency
Dafnis Prieto Sextet (featuring trumpet alumnus Alex Norris (MM ’94)
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El Arte Del Bolero
Saxophonist and MSM alumnus and faculty member Miguel Zenón (MM ’01) and MSM alumnus jazz pianist Luis Perdomo (BM ’97)
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Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

  • MSM alumnus Alex Norris (MM ’94)

  • MSM alumnus and faculty member Miguel Zenón (MM '01)

  • MSM alumnus jazz pianist Luis Perdomo (BM ’97)

Best Song Written For Visual Media 

Agatha All Along (from WandaVision: Episode 7)
Composers Robert Lopez (PC ‘93) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
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  • MSM Precollege alumnus composer Robert Lopez (PC ‘93)

  • MSM faculty member Arturo O'Farrill

Composing/ Arranging Nominees

Best Instrumental Composition

Dreaming In Lions: Dreaming In Lions
Composed by MSM faculty member Arturo O’Farrill (Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble)
Listen on Spotify

Classical Music Nominees

Best Opera Recording
(Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists)

Glass: Akhnaten
MSM alumna mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges (BM ’09); MSM alumnus and Trustee countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (MM ’08); David Frost, producer, with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmelites
Including MSM faculty member and Precollege alumna mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (PC ’98) with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Watch via the Metropolitan Opera On Demand

  • MSM alumna mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges (BM '09)

  • MSM alumnus and Trustee countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (MM '08)

  • MSM faculty member and Precollege alumna mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (PC '98)

Best Choral Performance

Mahler: Symphony No.8, “Symphony Of A Thousand”
Including MSM alumnus tenor Simon O’Neill (MM ‘00)
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Sheehan: Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom
Including MSM alumnus countertenor Timothy Parsons (BM ’12, MM ‘14)
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  • MSM alumnus tenor Simon O’Neill (MM ‘00)

  • MSM alumnus countertenor Timothy Parsons (BM ’12, MM ‘14)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance 

Bruits
Imani Winds with MSM alumni flutist Brandon Patrick George (MM ’10); oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz (MM ’97, PS ’98); horn player Kevin Newton (MM ’20); clarinetist Mark Dover (MM ’12), and bassonist Monica Ellis (PS ’98)
Listen on Spotify

Adams, John Luther: Lines Made By Walking
JACK Quartet (including MSM faculty member violist John Pickford Richards)
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Akiho: Seven Pillars
Sandbox Percussion. Music composed by MSM alumnus Andy Akiho (MM ‘09)
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Imani Winds (left to right) Kevin Newton, horn (MM '20); Monica Ellis, bassoon (PS '98); Brandon Patrick George, flute (MM '10); Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe (MM '97, PS '98); Mark Dover, clarinet (MM '12)

  • MSM faculty member violist John Pickford Richards

Best Classical Instrumental Solo 

An American Mosaic
MSM Precollege alumna pianist Simone Dinnerstein (PC ’89)
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Best Contemporary Classical Composition 

Akiho: Seven Pillars
Composed by MSM alumnus Andy Akiho (MM ’09). Artist: Sandbox Percussion
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Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

Meta Knight’s Revenge (From ‘Kirby Superstar’)
Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman (MM’ 16), arrangers (The 8-Bit Big Band featuring Button Masher)
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  • MSM Precollege alumna pianist Simone Dinnerstein (PC ‘89)

  • MSM alumnus Andy Akiho (MM ‘09)

  • MSM alumnus pianist Jake Silverman (MM '16)