The 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will air live in the United States on the Univision Network from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) tonight.
Nominees for the Best Latin Jazz Album are:
Jerry González y El Comando De La Clave: best known for his ground-breaking Fort Apache Band, Jerry’s other projects include a big band and Los Piratas del Flamenco.
Chuchito Valdes Live in Chicago: yes, the son of Chucho Valdes and the grandson of Bebo Valdes. Talent and energy run in the family.
Tania Maria–Tempo: pianist, singer, composer, bandleader. Her specialty is a blend of samba, bossa nova, Afro-Latin, Pop and Jazz fusion.
Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard–Chano y Dizzy: a tribute to the musical collaboration of American trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo.
Arturo Sandoval–Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You): another loving tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, mentor to so many musicians and supporter of Afro-Cuban jazz.
Two other nominees to watch, in the Best Instrumental Album category:
Miguel Zenón–Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook: a beautiful collection of songs from Zenón’s ancestors, beloved by generations of Puerto Ricans.
Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian–Further Explorations: the trio “further explores” the music of Bill Evans.
Listen for the best in Latin Jazz on Jazz Caliente, Thursdays at 2 pm on KPLU’s Mid Day Jazz!