Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo

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The Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo has been awarded since 1959. Before 1979 the award title did not specify instrumental performances and was presented for instrumental or vocal performances. The award has had several minor name changes:

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

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YearMusicianAlbum or Song
1959 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook
1960 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Swings Lightly
1972 Bill Evans The Bill Evans Album
1973 Gary Burton Alone at Last
1974 Art Tatum God Is in the House
1975 Charlie Parker First Recordings!
1976 Dizzy Gillespie Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie
1977 Count Basie Basie & Zoot
1978 Oscar Peterson The Giants
1979 Oscar Peterson Oscar Peterson Jam – Montreux '77
1980 Oscar Peterson Jousts
1981 Bill Evans I Will Say Goodbye
1982 John Coltrane Bye Bye Blackbird
1983 Miles Davis We Want Miles
1984 Wynton Marsalis Think of One
1985 Wynton Marsalis Hot House Flowers
1986 Wynton Marsalis Black Codes (From the Underground)
1987 Miles Davis Tutu
1988 Dexter Gordon The Other Side of Round Midnight
1989 Michael Brecker Don't Try This at Home
1990 Miles Davis Aura
1991 Oscar Peterson The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio Live at the Blue Note
1992 Stan Getz I Remember You
1993 Joe Henderson Lush Life
1994 Joe HendersonMiles Ahead
1995 Benny Carter Prelude to a Kiss
1996 Michael Brecker Impressions
1997 Michael BreckerCabin Fever
1998 Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton "Stardust"
1999 Gary Burton & Chick Corea Rhumbata
2000 Wayne Shorter In Walked Wayne
2001 Pat Metheny "(Go) Get It"
2002 Michael Brecker "Chan's Song"
2003 Herbie Hancock My Ship
2004 Chick CoreaMatrix
2005 Herbie Hancock"Speak Like a Child"
2006 Sonny Rollins "Why Was I Born?"
2007 Michael Brecker"Some Skunk Funk"
2008 Michael Brecker"Anagram"
2009 Terence Blanchard "Be-Bop"
2010 Terence Blanchard"Dancin' 4 Chicken"
2011 Herbie Hancock "A Change Is Gonna Come"
2012 Chick Corea"500 Miles High"
2013 Gary Burton & Chick Corea"Hot House"
2014 Wayne Shorter "Orbits"

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