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:
A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.
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|Year||Musician||Album 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|
|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)|
|1988||Dexter Gordon||The Other Side of Round Midnight|
|1989||Michael Brecker||Don't Try This at Home|
|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 Henderson||Miles Ahead|
|1995||Benny Carter||Prelude to a Kiss|
|1997||Michael Brecker||Cabin 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|
|2005||Herbie Hancock||"Speak Like a Child"|
|2006||Sonny Rollins||"Why Was I Born?"|
|2007||Michael Brecker||"Some Skunk Funk"|
|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"|
The 13th Annual Grammy Awards were held on 16 March 1971, and was the first time the ceremonies were broadcast on television by ABC. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1970. The ceremony was hosted by Andy Williams.
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 27, 1980, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, and were broadcast live on American television. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1979. This year was notable for being the first year to have a designated category for Rock music.
The 16th Annual Grammy Awards were held March 2, 1974, and were broadcast live on American television. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1973.
The 9th Annual Grammy Awards were held on March 2, 1967, at Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York. They recognized accomplishments of musicians for the year 1966. The 9th Grammy Awards is notable for not presenting the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Frank Sinatra won 5 awards.
The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album is an award that was first presented in 1959.
The Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album has been presented since 1961. From 1962 to 1971 and 1979 to 1991 the award title specified instrumental performances. Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.
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