2021 Jazz Grammy Nominations

Recording Academy has already announced the 63rd Grammy Awards Nominees and, as the year is coming to its end, playlists and collections like “Ten Best Albums Of 2020” will soon be published everywhere.
Here you will find a plain, informative playlist that consists exclusively of all the nominated tracks, or selected tracks from nominated albums in the fields of Jazz, Latin Jazz, Composition and Arrangement. Some R&B, Hip-hop, or Global nominations are also included since they are jazz-related.
Then, a concise catalog follows, to let you easily navigate to the glamorous world of the Grammys. You may notice that:
– The seven albums of Ambrose Akinmusire, John Beasley, Arturo O’Farrill, Christian Sands, Remy Le Boeuf, Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra and Jacob Collier, that have been presented in the previous 2020 collections of modernjazz.gr, appear here with a cover photo.
– The ones with the bold writing and the link (to Deezer) had been included in the catalogs that accompany each MJ collection.
– The rest nominations are copy/paste ready for any appropriate use.

Listen to the forty track playlist below

2021 Jazz Grammy Nominations (full list)

11. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • Christian Scott Atunde AdjuahAXIOM
  • Black Violin – TAKE THE STAIRS
  • Grégoire Maret, Romain Collin, Bill Frisell – Americana

31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo

  • GUINEVERE, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, soloist
    (Album: Christian Scott Atunde AdjuahAXIOM)
  • PACHAMAMA, Regina Carter, soloist
    (Album: Thana AlexaOna)
  • CELIA, Gerald Clayton, soloist
    (Album: Gerald Clayton – Happening: Live At The Village Vanguard)
  • ALL BLUES, Chick Corea, soloist
    (Album: Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade –  Trilogy 2)
  • MOE HONK, Joshua Redman, soloist
    (Album: Redman, Mehldau, McBride, Blade –  RoundAgain)

32. Best Jazz Vocal Album

33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album


34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album


35. Best Latin Jazz Album

62. Best Instrumental Composition

  • PLUMFIELD, Alexandre Desplat, composer
    (Album: Alexandre Desplat – Little Women)
  • SPUTNIK, Maria Schneider, composer
    (Album: Maria Schneider – DATA LORDS) (n/a)
  • BABY JACK, Arturo O’Farrill, composer
    Arturo O’Farrill, The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Four Questions
    2020 Jazz Releases, Vol. IIΙ




63. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

  • BATHROOM DANCE, Hildur Guðnadóttir, arranger
    (Album: Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker)
  • LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING, Alvin Chea & Jarrett Johnson, arrangers
    (Single: Jarrett Johnson, feat. Alvin Chea – LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING)
  • DONNA LEE, John Beasley, arranger
    John Beasley – MONK’estra Plays John Beasley
    2020 Jazz Releases, Vol. V




64. Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

  • ASAS FECHADAS, John Beasley & Maria Mendes, arrangers
    (Album: Maria Mendes, feat. John Beasley & Orkest Metropole – Close to Me)
  • DESERT SONG, Erin Bentlage, Sara Gazarek, Johnaye Kendrick & Amanda Taylor, arrangers
    (Single: Säje – DESERT SONG)
  • FROM THIS PLACE, Alan Broadbent & Pat Metheny, arrangers
    (Album: Pat Metheny – FROM THIS PLACE)
  • HE WON’T HOLD YOU, Jacob Collier, arranger
    (Single: Jacob Collier, Rapsody – HE WON’T HOLD YOU)
  • SLOW BURN, Talia Billig, Nic Hard & Becca Stevens, arrangers
    (Album: Becca Stevens  – WONDERBLOOM)


Jacob Collier – DJESSE VOL.3
(Category 2: Album Of The Year)
2020 Jazz Releases, Vol. V

  • Robert GlasperFuck Yo Feelings (Category 20: Best Progressive R&B Album)
  • Gregory Porter – ALL RISE (Category 21: Best R&B Album)
  • Antibalas – FU CHRONICLES (Category 54: Best Global Music Album)
  • Bebel Gilberto – AGORA (Category 54: Best Global Music Album)
  • Kamasi Washington – BECOMING (Category 60: Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media)