2012 Latin Grammy Awards – Best Latin Jazz Album

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The XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards (www.latingrammy.com) will take place at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, and will air live in the United States on the Univision Network  from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). This marks the fifth time that Latin music’s most prestigious awards telecast will take place in Las Vegas. Nominations for the XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards were announced on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at a live press conference at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.

XIII Latin Grammy Awards
Best Latin Jazz Album
Mejor Album de Jazz Latino
Melhor Álbum de Jazz Latino

For solo artists, duo or group performances. Vocal or Instrumental.
Para interpretaciones por artistas solistas, dúos o grupos, vocales o instrumentales.
Para artistas – solo, duplas ou performances em grupo. Vocais ou instrumentais.

Jerry Gonzalez
JERRY GONZÁLEZ Y EL COMANDO DE LA CLAVE – Jerry González y El Comando De La Clave [Sunnyside]

Jerry Gonzalez (b. New York, June 5, 1949) is an American-born Latino jazz trumpeter and percussionist, most noteworthy for his contributions to Latin jazz. He was born in 1949 in Manhattan, on 58 street and 3ª Avenue, and moved to the Bronx at the age of 4. He was raised in a strong musical atmosphere, with the strains of Latin, Afro-Cuban and jazz music always in his ear, establishing his musical appreciation and molding his future work as an artist…
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Tania Maria
TEMPO – Tania Maria [Naive]

Tania Maria (born May 9, 1948) is a Brazilian artist, singer, composer, bandleader and piano player, singing mostly in Portuguese or English. Her Brazilian-style music is mostly vocal, sometimes pop, often jazzy, and includes samba, bossa, Afro-Latin, Pop and Jazz fusion. Born in São Luís, Maranhão, northern Brazil, she has a degree in law, and married early and had children. Tania Maria began playing the piano at the age of 7, became a leader at the age of 13, when her band of professional musicians, organized by her father, won first prize in a local music contest and went on to play for dances, in clubs and on the radio… Read Full Bio

Chano y Dizzy!
CHANO Y DIZZY! – Poncho Sanchez And Terence Blanchard [Concord Picante]

For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Sanchez pays tribute to these two titans on his new album, Chano y Dizzy!… Read Full Bio

Arturo Sandoval
DEAR DIZ (EVERY DAY I THINK OF YOU) – Arturo Sandoval [Concord Jazz]

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer… Read Full Bio

Chuchito Valdes
LIVE IN CHICAGO – Chuchito Valdes [Music Roots Records]

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist, composer, and arranger Jesus “Chuchito” Valdés, Jr. is the third-generation manifestation of a Cuban jazz piano dynasty that includes his father, Chucho Valdés, and grandfather, Bebo Valdés. The oldest of five siblings, Valdés was a child prodigy, attending and graduating from La Escuela de Musica Ignacio Cervantes. He had his first professional gig at the age of 16, working with Cuban singer and trumpeter Bobby Carcasses, and also accompanied singers Pello El Afrokan and Anibel Lopez for a time… Read Full Bio