Alumni Nab Grammy Nominations
By the time most readers see this, the 2002 Grammy winners will be well known. Before the moment passes, it is worth noting that 29 nominations went to recordings involving Berklee alumni.
Arif Mardin '61 garnered nominations in four categories for producing the Nora Jones album Come Away with Me. The nominations were for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Producer of the Year (non-classical), and Best Engineered Album (non-classical). Jay Newland '84 is nomnated alongside Arif in two categories for his engineering and production work on Jones's CD.
Receiving two nominations was Nelly's recording engineer Brian Garten '95 (Album of the Year and Record of the Year). The CD Speaking of Now by the Pat Metheny Group (with Antonio Sanchez '97) also snagged two for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Others contending for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album award were the John Scofield Band (guitarist John Scofield '73 and drummer Adam Deitch '98), for the berjam CD, and Joe Zawinul '59 for his Faces and Places CD.
Live in Paris by Diana Krall '83 and Brazilian Duos by Luciana Souza '92 were each nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Krall and Natalie Cole were in the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals category for the song "Better Than Anything."
Aerosmith, featuring Brad Whitford '71 and Joey Kramer '71, appeared in the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group category and Susan Tedeschi '91 was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Named as Best Traditional Folk Album was Fiddlers 4 (featuring cellist Rushad Eggleston '03) for the group's eponymous album. Another self-titled album, Kinky (with Ulises Lozano '90), vied for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.
Composer Howard Shore '69 was cited for Best Score Soundtrack Album for Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Other Berklee writers were named: Alan Broadbent '69 (Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist) for "I'm Glad There Is You," and Kenny Werner '68 (Best Instrumental Composition) for "Inspiration."
Gary Burton '62 and Makoto Ozone '83 were nominated in the Best Classical Crossover Album category for Virtuosi, while Directions in Music by Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker (featuring Roy Hargrove '89) was nominated in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group category. Un Gran Da en el Barrio by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (with Ozzie Melendez '81) was nominated in the Best Salsa Album category; and The Gathering by the Caribbean Jazz Project (featuring Dave Samuels of the faculty and Dario Eskenazi '88) made the list for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Alumni playing on three discs in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category included Billy Kilson '85, Antonio Hart '91, and Mark Gross '88, (Dave Holland Big Band's What Goes Around); Seamus Blake '92, David Kikoski '81, Douglas Yates '89, Jeremy Pelt '98, Jaleel Shaw '00, Frank Lacy '81, and Jeff Watts '81 (Mingus Big Band's Tonight At Noon É Three or Four Shades of Love); and Billy Drewes '74 (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra's Can I Persuade You?).