Naras Oblivious To The Obvious by John Santos – 2/18/12 The epic and historical blunder committed last April by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was etched into the archives last week by...
Grammy Travesty Continues by John Santos – 1/27/12 Well, it’s that time of year again – Grammy fever. CBS ramps it up with a constant barrage of mega-bucks commercials of all lengths and even specials...
On Monday, November 7th, 2011 at the San Francisco Executive Arts Commission Meeting the resolution, spearheaded by Commissioner John Calloway was proposed to the board commissioners asking them to issue a formal request to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to immediately reinstate the 31 categories of music genres that were dropped from GRAMMY consideration on April 6, 2011 [...]
In a bold, but sincere and honest move, Pianist, Educator and Author Mark Levine decides to return his Grammy nominations to NARAS and LARAS, and distances himself from such organizations. Here is his letter to Mr. Neil Portnow.
This is not about a worthless little statue. It’s about solidarity. It’s about standing up to the Neil Portnows of the world. The backroom bullies who think that money is more important than people. They think that no ones going to notice that they line their pockets with cash by selling the American people down the river. It’s about saying to corporate America, CBS, Sony, Warner, and for that matter Chase, Goldman Sachs and the like, that all the thievery [...]
On Wednesday, April 6, 2011 the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) announced the restructuring of the Grammy Award categories in order to “tighten and create a parallel structure among the various fields.” According to Ben Sisario of the New York Times, “The restructuring was a response to longstanding criticism in the music industry that too many categories were diluting the Grammy’s impact.” [...]
It was in 1965 that I wrote this in the liner notes of my album, “Azucar Pa’ Ti,” which was one of my most defining compositions in the genre of Latin Jazz. Latin Jazz, originally known as the Instrumental Mambo, happens to be one of the most unique Latin musical forms as it speaks directly to the melding of the African American culture with both the Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures in New York, during a time where we weren’t even allowed to work downtown [...]