Jazz Port Townsend Alums Receive Grammy Nominations

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Award nominations are out, and we were pleased to see a few Jazz Port Townsend regulars made the list!

The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jazz Port Townsend Artistic Director John Clayton (and featuring past and present faculty members Jeff Hamilton and Jeff Clayton), was nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble for The L.A. Treasures Project.

Vocalist René Marie, who has been on staff a number of times in recent years, was nominated for Best Vocal Album for I Wanna Be Evil.

In the broader Centrum jazz community, we were pleased to see Kenny Barron nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for his work on  The Eye of the Hurricane, with the Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio.

Additionally, big band leader Gordon Goodwin, who led one of our recent Jazz Big Band Intensives, was nominated with the Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band for Best Large Jazz Ensemble for Life in the Bubble.

All in all a great showing – and we wish each of these amazing musicans the best of luck.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Feb. 8, 2015, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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