Steinway Artists Receive Seven Grammy Nominations
Steinway & Sons is proud to extend congratulations to Steinway Artist Arturo O’Farrill, recipient of a 2015 Grammy Award, as well as the five other Steinway Artists who earned Grammy nominations this year: Kenny Barron, Leon Fleisher, Fred Hersch, Brad Mehldau, and Jason Moran. Since 1958, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Grammy Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in the music industry. Steinway & Sons is proud to have a long tradition of Grammy representation in a wide range of musical categories.
Arturo O’Farrill received the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album this year for The Offense of The Drum featuring The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The album engages more than 30 types of percussion to explore new territories for Afro Latin jazz, including big band influences and the sounds of Afro-Caribbean rhythms. This is O’Farrill’s second Grammy award and his fourth Grammy nomination
In addition, five other Steinway Artists earned nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, which were held this year on February 8.
- Kenny Barron, Best Improvised Jazz Solo for his performance of Herbie Hancock’s The Eye of the Hurricane on the album Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio. The trio consists of Barron on piano, Gerry Gibbs on drums, and Ron Carter on bass. This is Barron’s ninth Grammy nomination.
- Leon Fleisher, Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his performance in All the Things You Are. Fleisher’s first solo album in nearly a decade, All the Things You Are is composed of works by George Perle, Leon Kirchner, Dina Koston, Federico Mompou, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern. This recording features largely works for the left hand, including Bach’s Chaconne, arranged for left hand by Brahms.
- Fred Hersch, Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Floating, and a second nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for the same work. The album showcases Hersch’s original compositions and features his primary ensemble featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson. It contains seven new compositions by Hersch and music by Deitz & Schwartz, Lerner & Loewe, and Thelonious Monk.
- Brad Mehldau, Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for "Sleeping Giant," performed with drummer Mark Guiliana on the album Mehliana: Taming the Dragon. Five-time Grammy nominee Mehldau executed this boundary-pushing synthesizer performance at the Largo cabaret in Los Angeles.
- Jason Moran, Best Jazz Instrumental Album for All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller. Moran’s latest album, a collaboration with bassist and vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello, features a modern yet reverent recast of music by the legendary stride piano innovator and entertainer Fats Waller.
"Once again, Steinway Artists made us very proud at the Grammy Awards," said Ron Losby, President of Steinway & Sons Americas. "The nominations our Artists received honor work that crosses boundaries, explores new directions, and uphold musical traditions. It’s a very diverse group of musicians, and the nominations are richly deserved."
For a full listing of 2015 Grammy Award nominees, visit www.grammy.com/nominees.
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