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Jazz Winners at the 2021 Grammys

At the 2021  Grammys held on 14 March in LA, jazz and jazz-related winners included: Chick Corea (two), Maria Schneider (two), Kurt Elling/Danilo Perez, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Jacob Collier and Robert Glasper.

Gayle Moran accepting a Grammy for her late husband, “my soul-mate, my best friend and my hero” Chick Corea


Best Jazz Vocal Album
Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez “Secrets Are the Best Stories”

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade “Trilogy 2” (See acceptance speech by Corea’s widow Gayle Moran)

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Chick Corea – “All Blues” from “Trilogy 2” (Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade)

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Maria Schneider Orchestra „Data Lords”

Best Latin Jazz Album
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra “Four Questions”

In other categories are several jazz-related artists:

Best Instrumental Composition
Maria Schneider “Sputnik” from “Data Lords” (Artistshare)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
John Beasley – “Donna Lee” (“MONK’estra Plays John Beasley”)

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Snarky Puppy “Live At The Royal Albert Hall”


Jacob Collier (in Stella McCartney) / Photo credit: Getty Images for The Recording Academy courtesy of Baxter PR

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
Jacob Collier “He Won’t Hold You” featuring Rapsody.

Best R&B Song
Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello: “Better Than I Imagined” (VIDEO)

Best Historical Album
Mister Rogers: “It’s Such a Good Feeling—The Best of Mister Rogers.” (H/T John Goldsby who is family…)



– Sincerest congratulations to Dave Stapleton and the team at Edition Records on the Kurt Elling/ Danilo Perez Grammy.

– The In Memoriam section missed important losses. As Nate Chinen pointed out on Twitter

– There was a petition for Lyle Mays to be recognised

– Nate Chinen also wrote about Chick Corea and the Grammys

Jacob Collier has achieved a unique feat with this, his fifth Grammy from seven nominations including Best Album. He has become, according to a press release, “the first British artist of all time to win Grammys for each of his first four albums; a major feat not achieved by even the most prolific of UK Grammy winners including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, David Bowie, Coldplay, Adele and Amy Winehouse.”

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