Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance
Awarded forQuality jazz fusion performances
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1980
Last awarded1991
Website www.grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance was an award given to a song or album for excellence in the jazz fusion genre, a combination of rock and jazz. It was given at the Grammy Awards, which began in 1958 under the name Gramophone Awards. [1]

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Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". [2]

Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental, the award was first presented to the jazz band Weather Report at the 22nd Grammy Awards in 1980 for the album 8:30 . In 1988, the category name changed to Best Jazz Fusion Performance and was moved to a newly created Fusion field. [3] The category name was retired before the 33rd Grammy Awards (1992) with the addition of the award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (currently known as Best Contemporary Jazz Album). [4]

Weather Report American jazz fusion band of the 1970s and early 1980s

Weather Report was an American jazz fusion band of the 1970s and early 1980s. The band was initially co-led by the Austrian-born keyboard player Joe Zawinul, the American saxophonist Wayne Shorter and Czech bassist Miroslav Vitouš. Other prominent members at various points in the band's lifespan included bassists Alphonso Johnson, Jaco Pastorius and Victor Bailey; and drummers/percussionists Peter Erskine, Alex Acuña, Airto Moreira, and Chester Thompson. Throughout most of its existence, the band was a quintet of keyboards, saxophone, bass, drums and percussion.

<i>8:30</i> 1979 live album by Weather Report

8:30 is the tenth album of the jazz fusion group Weather Report issued in 1979 by ARC/Columbia Records. The album rose to Nos. 3 & 47 on the Billboard Jazz Albums and Billboard 200 charts respectively. 8:30 also won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance.

The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album was an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for works containing quality contemporary jazz performances. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

Pat Metheny holds the record for the most wins in this category, with a total of five (four times with the Pat Metheny Group). David Sanborn is the only other musician to win the award more than once, with two. The composition "Birdland", written by Weather Report, earned two musicians the award: The Manhattan Transfer won in 1981 and Quincy Jones won in 1991 for the version that appears on the compilation album Back on the Block . [5] The award went to artists or groups originating from the United States each year it was presented. Metheny also holds the record for the most nominations, with seven (including five consecutive nominations between 1981 and 1985). The group Spyro Gyra holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with six. In 1990, Terri Lyne Carrington became the first solo female artist to be nominated for the award. [6] No female artists were nominated in 1991, the final year the award was presented, making Carrington the only female solo artist to be nominated throughout the category's lifetime.

Pat Metheny American jazz musician

Patrick Bruce Metheny is an American jazz guitarist and composer.

Pat Metheny Group American jazz fusion group

The Pat Metheny Group is an American jazz fusion group founded in 1977 in Missouri. The core members of the group are guitarist, composer and bandleader Pat Metheny; and keyboardist and composer Lyle Mays, who was in the group at its inception. Other long-standing members include bassist and producer Steve Rodby, who joined in 1981, and Antonio Sanchez, who has been the group's drummer since 2002. In addition to a core quartet, the group has often been joined by a variety of other instrumentalists expanding the size to six or eight musicians.

David Sanborn American saxophonist

David William Sanborn is an American alto saxophonist. Though Sanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school.

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1980 award-winning group Weather Report, performing in 1981 Weather Report 19810611 shinjuku fn23.jpg
1980 award-winning group Weather Report, performing in 1981
Five-time award recipient Pat Metheny performing in 2008 Pat Metheny and his guitar.jpg
Five-time award recipient Pat Metheny performing in 2008
Two-time award winner David Sanborn performing in 2008 David Sanborn 2008 2.jpg
Two-time award winner David Sanborn performing in 2008
1991 award recipient Quincy Jones in 2008 Quincy Jones 2007.jpg
1991 award recipient Quincy Jones in 2008
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
1980 Weather Report 8:30 [7]
1981 The Manhattan Transfer "Birdland" [8]
1982 Grover Washington, Jr. Winelight [9]
1983 Pat Metheny Offramp [10]
1984 Pat Metheny Group Travels [11]
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1985 Pat Metheny Group First Circle [14]
1986 David Sanborn Straight to the Heart [15]
1987 Bob James and David Sanborn Double Vision [16]
1988 Pat Metheny Group Still Life (Talking) [17]
1989 Yellowjackets Politics [18]
1990 Pat Metheny Group Letter from Home [6]
1991 Quincy Jones "Birdland" [5]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

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