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Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Awarded for quality contemporary jazz performances
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1992
Last awarded 2011
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The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album was 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 works (songs or albums) containing quality contemporary jazz performances. 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 Contemporary Jazz Performance, the award was first presented to The Manhattan Transfer in 1992. From 1993 to 1994 the category was known as Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (Instrumental), from 1995 to 2000 the name changed to Best Contemporary Jazz Performance, and since 2001 the name of the category has been Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Until 2001, both albums and singles were eligible for this award. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented for albums containing "at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary jazz instrumental tracks".[3] Beginning in 2001, award recipients included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists.

As of 2011, Pat Metheny holds the record for the most wins in this category, with a total of six (five times with the Pat Metheny Group). Randy Brecker has received the award four times total, once along with his brother Michael as the duo known as Brecker Brothers. The group Béla Fleck and the Flecktones has received the award twice. American artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented once to Joe Zawinul, born in Austria. The group Yellowjackets holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with a total of seven.

The award will be discontinued from 2012 in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. From 2012, contemporary jazz recordings will be shifted to the newly formed Best Jazz Instrumental Album category.


  • Recipients 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


A man with his eyes closed playing a guitar.
Six-time award winner Pat Metheny

A man on a stage wearing all black and a cap on his head, playing a trumpet into a microphone. Behind him is a man holding a saxophone and another man sitting in a chair. Music stands and additional microphone stands are on the stage in front of them.
Four-time award winner and member of Brecker Brothers, Randy Brecker

A man wearing a dress shirt and glasses, playing a banjo. A light is shining down on him from above, casting a blue shade over him.
Béla Fleck of the two-time award-winning group, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

A man wearing glasses, playing a guitar and standing behind a cymbal.
2005 award winner, Bill Frisell

A man wearing glasses, with his eyes closed, playing a white keytar with black and white keys.
2008 award winner, Herbie Hancock

A man behind a microphone, with one of his hands on a black and white keyboard, wearing a dress shirt and a multi-colored cap.
2010 award winner, Joe Zawinul

Year Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1992 The Manhattan Transfer "Sassy" [4]
1993 Metheny, PatPat Metheny Secret Story [5]
1994 Pat Metheny Group The Road to You [6]
1995 Brecker Brothers Out of the Loop [7]
1996 Pat Metheny Group We Live Here [8]
1997 Shorter, WayneWayne Shorter High Life [9]
1998 Brecker, RandyRandy Brecker Into the Sun [10]
1999 Pat Metheny Group Imaginary Day [11]
2000 Sanborn, DavidDavid Sanborn Inside [12]
2001 Béla Fleck and the Flecktones Outbound [13]
2002 Miller, MarcusMarcus Miller [14]
2003 Pat Metheny Group Speaking of Now [15]
2004 Brecker, RandyRandy Brecker 34th N Lex [16]
2005 Frisell, BillBill Frisell Unspeakable [17]
2006 Pat Metheny Group The Way Up [18]
2007 Béla Fleck and the Flecktones The Hidden Land [19]
2008 Hancock, HerbieHerbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters [20]
2009 Brecker, RandyRandy Brecker Randy in Brasil [21]
2010 Zawinul, JoeJoe Zawinul and The Zawinul Syndicate 75 [22]
2011 The Stanley Clarke Band The Stanley Clarke Band [24]

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

See also


  • "Past Winners Search". Note: User must select the "Jazz" category as the genre under the search feature.  
  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance".  
  2. ^ "Overview".  
  3. ^ "52nd OEP Category Description Guide" ( 
  4. ^ Campbell, Mary (January 9, 1992). "R.E.M., Raitt tops in Grammy nominations".  
  5. ^ Macdonald, Patrick (January 8, 1993). "Grammys Show Influence Of Seattle Music".  
  6. ^ "Hundreds Nominated For Grammys".  
  7. ^ "The 37th Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 6, 1995. p. 5. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ "List of Grammy nominees".  
  9. ^ "Grammy nominees". Today's News-Herald (Lake Havasu City, Arizona). January 11, 1997. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ Campbell, Mary (January 7, 1998). "Rock veterans Dylan, McCartney face off for album of year".  
  11. ^ "Academy's Complete List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 6, 1999. p. 6. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Here are nominees in selected Grammy Awards categories".  
  13. ^ "43rd Grammy Awards". CNN. February 21, 2001. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees".   Note: This source lists CAB band members Dennis Chambers, Tony MacAlpine, Brian Auger and Bunny Brunel individually.
  15. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominees; ceremony set for Feb. 23".  
  16. ^ "Nominee list for the 46th Annual Grammy Awards".  
  17. ^ "Nominee list for the 47th Annual Grammy Awards". LiveDaily. December 7, 2004. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  18. ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations".  
  19. ^ "49th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  20. ^ "50th annual Grammy Awards nominations".  
  21. ^ "The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  22. ^ "The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  23. ^ Relative, Saul (January 31, 2010). "2010 Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson Tribute, Lady Gaga and Elton John Duet Highlight".  
  24. ^ "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved December 5, 2010. 

External links

  • Official site of the Grammy Awards
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