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JUNO Category of Traditional Jazz Album of the Year

March 8, 2010

The five nominees for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year are Al Henderson Septet for Regeneration, Alain Bédard for Bluesy Lunedi, Darren Sigesmund for Strands II,  Oliver Jones and Hank Jones for Pleased To Meet You and Terry Clarke for It’s About Time. Below is a brief bio of each artist and an example of their work (where available).

Al Henderson Septet – Regeneration

Bass Player Al Henderson is a veteran of  Canada’s Jazz music scene, recording numerous albums and has performed with some of the most prominent Jazz artists working today. An evolution of the Al Henderson Quintet the Al Henderson Septet has produced an album that takes you on a journey of peace conflict and then regeneration. The works have been inspired by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and the experiences of its designer, Raymond Moriyama.

Alain Bédard – Bluesy Lunedi

Bluesy Lunedi is the third album released by Double bassist Alain Bédard. The Beauport, Quebec native is a self taught musician who has been making music since the early 80’s. Like previous albums released by Bédard inspiration if derived from Thelonious Monk. Bédard is the founder and president of  Jazz label Effendi.

Darren Sigesmund – Strands II

Strands II is a continuation of music explored in Sigesmund’s first album Strands. Sigesmund has expanded the group to a septet in this album adding a vocalist and percussion. Various styles merge in this album including jazz, Latin and classical into captivating and innovative compositions. Toronto based Sigesmund is a leading trombone player and has performed his work across the world as well as touring with many notable Jazz artists.

Oliver Jones and Hank Jones – Pleased To Meet You

Canadian Jazz pianist Oliver Jones and American Jazz legend Hank Jones have collaborated to create an album in tribute to their late mutual friend Oscar Peterson who passed away in 2007. The album contains several original compositions by the two great pianists plus two of Peterson’s work’s. Performer from last years Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, Brandi Disterheft plays bass on this album.

Terry Clarke – It’s About Time

Terry Clarke is an accomplished drummer who has played with the likes of Oscar Peterson, John Handy and Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. Born in British Columbia and now based in Toronto, Clarke’s musical careers dates back  to the 1960’s. Despite this long and illustrious career this is Clarke’s first album release as a band leader.


Winner and Nominees from Jazz, Blues and World Music Grammy Categories.

February 2, 2010

Best Contemporary Jazz Album


Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate

[Heads Up International]


  • Urbanus by Stefon Harris & Blackout [Concord Jazz]
  • Sounding Point by Julian Lage [Emarcy/Decca]
  • At World’s Edge by Philippe Saisse [E1 Music]
  • Big Neighborhood by Mike Stern [Heads Up International]

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman

Kurt Elling

[Concord Jazz]


  • No Regrets by Randy Crawford (& Joe Sample) [PRA Records]
  • So In Love by Roberta Gambarini [Groovin’ High/Emarcy]
  • Tide by Luciana Souza [Verve]
  • Desire by Tierney Sutton (Band) [Telarc Jazz]

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Dancin’ 4 Chicken

Terence Blanchard, soloist

Track from: Watts (Jeff “Tain” Watts)

[Dark Key Music]


  • All Of You by Gerald Clayton, soloist, Track from: Two-Shade [ArtistShare]
  • Ms. Garvey, Ms. Garvey by Roy Hargrove, soloist, Track from: Emergence [Groovin’ High/Emarcy]
  • On Green Dolphin Street by Martial Solal, soloist, Track from: Live At The Village Vanguard [CamJazz]
  • Villa Palmeras by Miguel Zenón, soloist, Track from: Esta Plena [Marsalis Music]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Or Group

Five Peace Band – Live

Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band

[Concord Records]


  • Quartet Live by Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow & Antonio Sanchez [Concord Jazz]
  • Brother To Brother by Clayton Brothers [ArtistShare]
  • Remembrance by John Patitucci Trio [Concord Jazz]
  • The Bright Mississippi by Allen Toussaint [Nonesuch]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Book One

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

[World Village]


  • Legendary by Bob Florence Limited Edition [MAMA Records]
  • Eternal Interlude by John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble [Sunnyside]
  • Fun Time by Sammy Nestico And The SWR Big Band [Hänssler Classic]
  • Lab 2009 by University Of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band [North Texas Jazz]

Best Latin Jazz Album

Juntos Para Siempre

Bebo Valdés And Chucho Valdés

[Sony Music/Calle 54]


  • Things I Wanted To Do by Chembo Corniel [Chemboro Records]
  • Áurea by Geoffrey Keezer [ArtistShare]
  • Brazilliance X 4 by Claudio Roditi [Resonance Records]
  • Esta Plena by Miguel Zenón [Marsalis Music]

Best Traditional Blues Album

A Stranger Here

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott



  • Blue Again by The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Featuring Rick Vito [429 Records]
  • Rough & Tough by John Hammond [Chesky Records]
  • Stomp! The Blues Tonight by Duke Robillard [Stony Plain Records]
  • Chicago Blues: A Living History by Billy Boy Arnold, Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch & John Primer, Larry Skoller, producer [Raisin’ Music]

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Already Free

The Derek Trucks Band

[Victor Records]


  • is Time by The Robert Cray Band [Nozzle Records/Vanguard]
  • The Truth According To Ruthie Foster by Ruthie Foster [Blue Corn Music]
  • Live: Hope At The Hideout by Mavis Staples [ANTI]
  • Back To The River by Susan Tedeschi [Verve Forecast]

Best Traditional World Music Album

Douga Mansa

Mamadou Diabate

[World Village]


  • Ancient Sounds by Rahim Alhaj And Amjad Ali Khan [UR Music]
  • Double Play by Liz Carroll & John Doyle [Compass Records]
  • La Guerra No by John Santos Y El Coro Folklórico Kindembo [Machete Records]
  • Drum Music Land by Ten Drum Art Percussion Group [Wind Music]

Best Contemporary World Music Album

Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3 – Africa Sessions

Béla Fleck



  • Welcome To Mali by Amadou & Mariam [Nonesuch]
  • Day By Day by Femi Kuti [Mercer Street Records]
  • Seya by Oumou Sangare [Nonesuch]
  • Across The Divide: A Tale Of Rhythm & Ancestry by Omar Sosa [Half Note Records]
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