Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album

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Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album
Awarded forQuality performances in the vocal jazz music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1977
Last awardedpresent
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, [1] to recording artists for quality works (songs or albums) in the vocal jazz music genre. Awards 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]

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Vocal jazz or jazz singing is an instrumental approach to the voice, where the singer can match the instruments in their stylistic approach to the lyrics, improvised or otherwise, or through scat singing; that is, the use of non-morphemic syllables to imitate the sound of instruments.

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History

Until 2001 this award was titled the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. From 1981 to 1991 (except for 1985) this category was presented as separate awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female and Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male.

The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female was an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to female recording artists for quality jazz vocal 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".

The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male was an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to male recording artists for quality jazz vocal 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".

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

Recipients

Ella Fitzgerald American jazz singer

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.

<i>Fitzgerald and Pass... Again</i> album by Ella Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald and Pass...Again is a 1976 studio album by Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by jazz guitarist Joe Pass, the second of four duet albums they recorded together after Take Love Easy (1973).

Al Jarreau American jazz and pop musician

Alwin "Al" Lopez Jarreau was an American singer and musician. He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more. Jarreau is perhaps best known for his 1981 album Breakin' Away. He also sang the theme song of the 1980s television series Moonlighting, and was among the performers on the 1985 charity song "We Are the World."


Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
1992 Take 6 He Is Christmas [3]
1993 Bobby McFerrin "Round Midnight" from Play
[4]
1994 Natalie Cole Take a Look
[5]
1995 Etta James Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday [6]
1996 Lena Horne An Evening with Lena Horne [7]
1997 Cassandra Wilson New Moon Daughter
[8]
1998 Dee Dee Bridgewater Dear Ella [9]
1999 Shirley Horn I Remember Miles
[10]
2000 Diana Krall When I Look in Your Eyes [11]
2001 Dianne Reeves In the Moment - Live in Concert [12]
2002 Dianne Reeves The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan
[13]
2003 Diana Krall Live in Paris
[14]
2004 Dianne Reeves A Little Moonlight
[15]
2005 Nancy Wilson R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)
2006 Dianne Reeves Good Night, and Good Luck
[16]
2007 Nancy Wilson Turned to Blue
[17]
2008 Patti Austin Avant Gershwin
[18]
2009 Cassandra Wilson Loverly
[19]
2010 Kurt Elling Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman
[20]
2011 Dee Dee Bridgewater Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee Bridgewater
[20]
2012 Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists The Mosaic Project [21]
2013 Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society [22]
2014 Gregory Porter Liquid Spirit
[23]
2015 Dianne Reeves Beautiful Life
[24]
2016 Cécile McLorin Salvant For One to Love [25]
2017 Gregory Porter Take Me to the Alley [26]
2018 Cécile McLorin Salvant Dreams and Daggers
[27]
2019 Cécile McLorin Salvant The Window
[28]

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