December 1st, 2011
Congratulations Grammy Nominees!

Congratulations Arturo O’Farrill, Monty Alexander, Karrin Allyson, Tierney Sutton, Joe Lovano, Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Randy Brecker, Yellowjackets, Ron Carter and all the 2011 Jazz Grammy nominees!

Birdland is proud to have presented many of the nominees, both in 2011 and coming up in 2012:

One of our very own resident bands, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, were nominated in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for their Zoho Records CD “40 Acres And A Burro.” Arturo happens to be performing this week with his Risa Negra Septet and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra performs every Sunday night.

Coming up in January Tierney Sutton Band received multiple nominations for her BFM Jazz CD “American Road.”

Returning to Birdland in May, saxophonist Joe Lovano and his band Us Five were nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for their Blue Note Records CD “Bird Songs.”

Yellowjackets, scheduled in June, were also nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

Vocalist Karrin Allyson, nominated in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category also performs in June.

Trumpeter Randy Brecker (multiple nominations) and bassist Christian McBride were also nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Randy will return to Birdland in August and Christian in March.

Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling was also nominated in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for his Concord Jazz release “The Gate.” Kurt performed in October (pictured) with the Kluuvers Big Band.

Pianist Monty Alexander was nominated in the Best Reggae Album category for his Motema Music release “Harlem Kingston Express Live.” Monty brought the HK Express to Birdland in 2011.

Photo by Ryan Paternite