A press conference was called by five-time Grammy nominated recording artist John Santos to bring attention to the The Recording Academy (NARAS) decision to restructure the Grammy’s by consolidating categories and terminating Latin Jazz and many other American born music art forms for award consideration. Approximately 70 people were in attendance that included musicians, press, local producers and record labels. Panel of presenters included Randall Kline – SFJAZZ, Peter Williams -Yoshis, moderator John Santos (five-time Grammy nominated independent producer, bandleader, record label owner, and NARAS member), Wayne Wallace (Grammy nominated bandleader, composer, educator, record label owner, and NARAS member), Jesse Varela (radio programmer, music director KCSM), Clayton Leander (radio producer KPFA), and Sandy Cressman (vocalist, educator, NARAS member). There were heartfelt statements made by John Calloway, Roger Glenn, Roberta Donnay, Avotcja, Ronnie Stewart and many others. It was an expression of frustration and outrage to say the least.
- Press Conferences, Protests, GRAMMY’s HUBRIS
A week in review by Stephanie Dalton – May 11, 2011 – urbanmusicpresents.com
- Jazz musicians gather in Oakland to protest changes to the Grammys
By Kate McClean – May 10, 2011 – Oakland North (oaklandnorth.net)
- Open Letter to the Governors and members of NARAS
By Wayne Wallace – May 2011