Latin Grammys 2020: The jazz nominees

Chick Corea, Miguel Zenón and David Sánchez are among the jazz notables nominated for this year’s Latin Grammy Awards.

They’re joined by the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra and the Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra in a jazz category that’s loaded with high-calibre talent.

Corea earned the nomination for his album Antidotewhich he recorded with a newly assembled octet called The Spanish Heart Band. The pianist has previously won two Latin Grammys in addition to 23 Grammy Awards.

This is the fifth Latin Grammy nomination for Sánchez, who won the award for his 2005 album Coral. The tenor saxophonist, nominated this year for Carib, is also a Grammy winner and six-time nominee.

An eight-time Grammy nominee and four-time Latin Grammy nominee, alto saxophonist Zenón is looking for his first victory with his latest album Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera. (However, he played on Sánchez’s award-winning Coral.)

The Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra is the largest ensemble recorded to date by pianist Emilio Solla. The 17-piece orchestra plays a modern take on the tango for their nominated album, Puertos: Music From International Waters.

Founded by saxophonists Anibal Seminario and Lorenzo Ferrero, the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra is a Los Angeles-based 20-piece big band that blends jazz and contemporary music with Afro-Peruvian rhythms and culture. They’re nominated for their first album, Tradiciones, and Ferrero is also up for best arrangement for the group’s track La Flor De La Canela.

Also in the arranging category, John Beasley and Maria Mendes are nominated for Asas Fechadas, a song featuring Metropole Orkest from Mendes’s album Close to Me. The album was released by the Montreal-based record label Justin Time.

The 21st annual Latin Grammy Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 19. This year’s show will be filmed in Miami and will feature performances from cities from all over the globe.

Here’s the list of jazz nominees:

  • Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra – Tradiciones
  • Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band – Antidote
  • David Sánchez – Carib
  • Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra – Puertos: Music From International Waters
  • Miguel Zenón – Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera

You can find all the nominees at latingrammy.com.

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