Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album

Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album
Awarded for quality performances in the Latin jazz music genre
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1995
Last awarded 2015
Official website

The Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz 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 Latin jazz music genre. 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".[2]

Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance, the award was first presented to Arturo Sandoval in 1995. The name of the category was changed to Best Latin Jazz Album in 2001, the same year producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the winning work became award recipients in addition to the recording artists. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to "vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material", with the intent to recognize the "blending" of jazz music with Argentinian, Brazilian, Iberian-American, and Latin tango music.[3] Beginning in 1998, members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS) are eligible to vote in the Latin categories including Best Latin Jazz Album.[4]

As of 2011, Paquito D'Rivera and Chucho Valdés share the record for the most wins in this category, with three each. Two-time recipients include Sandoval, Charlie Haden, and Eddie Palmieri (once as a collaboration called The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project). Since its inception, the award has been presented to musicians or groups originating from Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. Ray Barretto holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with four.

The award was not presented in 2012 as part of a major overhaul of Grammy categories; Latin jazz recordings were shifted to either the Best Jazz Instrumental Album or Best Jazz Vocal Album categories. However following protests and a lawsuit made by Latin jazz musicians, the Recording Academy announced it would be bringing back the category for the 55th Grammy Awards.[5]


A man wearing glasses and a jacket, playing a trumpet behind a microphone.
Two-time award winner Arturo Sandoval, performing in 2008
A man wearing a pin-striped suit with his eyes closed.
1998 award winner Roy Hargrove, performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam in 2006
A man in a suit and tie, sitting in a black chair. He is also wearing eyeglasses, a ring, and accessories on his wrist.
Three-time award winner Chucho Valdés in 2007
Black and white image of a man in a suit playing on a bass (a large string instrument).
Two-time award winner Charlie Haden, performing in 2007
A man in a patterned shirt playing a piano in a dark-lit room. Behind him is a man holding a video camera pointed towards the piano player's hands.
2004 award winner Michel Camilo in 2007
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1995 Sandoval, ArturoArturo Sandoval Danzón (Dance On) [6]
1996 Jobim Antonio Brasileiro [7]
1997 D'Rivera, PaquitoPaquito D'Rivera Portraits of Cuba [8]
1998 Roy Hargrove's Crisol Habana [9]
1999 Sandoval, ArturoArturo Sandoval Hot House [10]
2000 Sanchez, PonchoPoncho Sanchez Latin Soul [11]
2001 Valdés, ChuchoChucho Valdés Live at the Village Vanguard [12]
2002 Haden, CharlieCharlie Haden Nocturne [13]
2003 Samuels, DaveDave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project The Gathering [14]
2004 Michel Camilo, Charles Flores, and Horacio Hernandez Live at the Blue Note [15]
2005 Haden, CharlieCharlie Haden Land of the Sun
  • Raphael Cruz – Bebop Timba
  • Jerry Gonzalez y los Piratas del Flamenco – Jerry Gonzalez y los Piratas del Flamenco
  • Conrad Herwig Nonet – Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis
  • Diego Urcola – Soundances
2006 Palmieri, EddieEddie Palmieri Listen Here! [17]
2007 The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project Simpático [18]
2008 Paquito D'Rivera Quintet? Funk Tango [19]
2009 O'Farrill, ArturoArturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra Song for Chico [20]
2010 Valdés, BeboBebo Valdés and Chucho Valdés Juntos Para Siempre [21]
2011 Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers Chucho's Steps
  • Pablo Aslan – Tango Grill
  • Hector Martignon – Second Chance
  • Poncho SánchezPsychedelic Blues
  • Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet – ¡Bien Bien!
2013 Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band Ritmo! [23]
2014 Paquito D'Rivera and Trio Corrente Song for Maura [24]
2015 Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra The Offense of the Drum [25]
2016 Eliane Elias Made in Brazil [26]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

See also


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  2. "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  3. "52nd OEP Category Description Guide" (PDF). National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. p. 3. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
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  5. Fekadu, Mesfin (8 June 2012). "Grammys add changes to jazz, Latin, R&B fields". Salon Media Group. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
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  7. "List of Grammy nominees". CNN. January 4, 1996. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  8. "The Complete List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. January 8, 1997. p. 6. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  9. Carlozo, Lou (January 7, 1998). "Chicago Artists Are Well-represented In Grammy Nominations". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. p. 5. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  10. "Academy's Complete List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. January 6, 1999. p. 6. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  11. "The Nominees for the Grammy Awards". San Francisco Chronicle. January 5, 2000. p. 3. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  12. "43rd Grammy Awards". CNN. February 21, 2001. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  13. "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  14. "Grammy Nominations: Complete List". Fox News Channel. January 3, 2003. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  15. "Grammy Award Winners". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 2004. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  16. "Grammy Award nominees in top categories". USA Today. Gannett Company. December 7, 2004. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  17. "Complete list of Grammy Award nominations". USA Today. Gannett Company. December 8, 2005. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  18. "Complete list of Grammy nominees". San Francisco Chronicle. December 8, 2006. p. 3. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  19. "2008 Grammy Winners". CBS News. December 6, 2007. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  20. "Grammy Scorecard". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. December 3, 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  21. Partridge, Kenneth (December 2, 2009). "Nominees for 2010 Grammy Awards Announced -- Full List". Spinner. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  22. Morris, Christopher (December 1, 2010). "53rd Annual Grammy nominees". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  23. List of 2013 nominees
  24. 2014 Nominees
  25. List of Nominees 2013

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