Goodnight everyone, and have a winning envelope weekend, Part Two!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

Last Friday we blogged about nominees at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards. We have more selections this week. If you are expecting metal or rap, sorry. Not going to find that stuff here. But we do have some interesting and diverse material.

Let’s get started.

Billed as a modern-day Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story follows two gangs who battle to control their turf on New York’s Upper West Side. Things get heated when one gang member falls for a rival’s sister.

Best Latin Jazz Album
The intent of this category is to recognize recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentinian tango music.

Nominated is “WEST SIDE STORY REIMAGINED” by Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band.

Percussionist and composer Bobby Sanabria has played with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente. This album has new takes on the music from Leonard Bernstein’s timeless Broadway masterpiece, that fused progressive big band jazz, lyric opera, modern dance, and Latin rhythms.

I like to be in America!
O.K. by me in America!
Everything free in America
For a small fee in America!








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Our next category…

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series, video games or other visual media.

One of the nominees…

Michael Giacchino, composer

One reviewer describes the movie as “a vibrant Disney/Pixar film that explores the traditions of the Day of the Dead, a child’s desire to become a musician despite his family’s wishes, and the power of unconditional love.”







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Speaking of animation, when I was a kid…






Perfect lead-in to our next very cool cover.

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

Mark Kibble, Randy Waldman & Justin Wilson, arrangers (Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter)

Randy Waldman’s career spans more than 40 years. His work can be heard on hundreds of movies, television shows, and albums. Waldman has been Barbara Streisand’s pianist and musical director for over 30 years and has worked with the brightest stars in the music business like Paul McCartney, Michael Buble and Quincy Jones.

Five years in the making, “Superheroes” has Waldman re-arranging theme music from his favorite superhero movies and TV shows, transforming them into exciting jazz tunes.

Waldman got the idea for this project a few years ago when he had the good fortune to be seated at an event next to actor Adam West, the original TV Batman. “We talked a lot about music,” said Waldman. “Adam loved jazz, and the thought occurred to me that he was an actual jazz superhero. That surprising and unexpected conversation stayed in the back of my mind for years.”

Waldman was immediately inspired. He would make a CD of superhero theme music played by some of his jazz superheroes.

In this track the vocal group Take 6 performs an a cappella intro to the tune, arranged by Mark Kibble, while saxophonist Chris Potter wails over the Latin groove.

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Time now to get a little raunchy, a little naughty.

Our next performer made her solo debut in 1973.

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That’s Maria Muldaur on the left. She’s with Linda Ronstadt (C) and Bonnie Raitt (R).

Muldaur’s single “Midnight at the Oasis” went to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 1, 1974.

She’s now 75.

Best Traditional Blues Album
Maria Muldaur

“Don’t You Feel My Leg” was written and first recorded by Blue Lu Barker and her guitarist husband Danny Barker on Decca Records in 1938. In the years following Muldaur’s 1973 recording she became close friends with the Barker’s who both died in the 1990’s.

Two years ago Muldaur put on a concert paying tribute to Blue Lu and prepared for the show by researching Blue Lu’s repertoire to come up with two hours of material. The audience loved it and Muldaur knew she had to produce a collection that is admittedly risque.

“In an era when so many aspects of sexuality are dealt with and discussed with such deadly seriousness, I find the lighthearted playful expressions of sexuality in these songs a pleasant and welcome respite from the fraught discourse prevailing today…these are all basically hip, fun happy songs, and I think we could all use a big dose of happy right about now,” said Muldaur.




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Muldaur has never won a Grammy.

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That’s a frozen lighthouse near Lake Michigan. Yeh, baby it’s…well, you know.

This next selection will make you feel as though you’re in another, much warmer place.

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Na Hoa

Nā Hoa members Keoni Souza, Ikaika Blackburn and Halehaku Seabury specialize in traditional Hawaiian music.

Here’s the opening track of their nominated album.


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I know.

Lots of photos.

I got carried away. But I feel oh so much better.

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

We close with these categories:

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists

A track from the album is nominated for:
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Big Band Featuring DACA Artists)

John Daversa is a trumpet and electronic valve instrument (EVI) master as well as a composer, arranger, and bandleader. His nominated album plays  the songs of America and is a show of support for the group of immigrants commonly referred to as the Dreamers.

For this project Daversa and his production team worked with several non-profit immigrant organizations to scour the country to find Dreamers who could play musical instruments and would be willing to participate. They found 53 Dreamers in 17 states who originally came from 17 different countries around the world, including Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, and Venezuela. Daversa and the team also selected professional musicians based in Miami, Los Angeles and New York to serve as the big band on this record.

This popular patriotic classic is performed in a way you may never have heard before. this.



Another track from the album is nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Don’t Fence Me In.

UPDATE 2/11/19

These were the winners in categories we featured:

Best Latin Jazz Album
Back To The Sunset, Dafnis Prieto Big Band

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Black Panther, Ludwig Göransson

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
“Spiderman Theme,” Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter

Best Traditional Blues Album
The Blues Is Alive And Well, Buddy Guy

Best Regional Roots Music Album
No ‘Ane’I, Kalani Pe’a

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
American Dreamers: Voices Of Hope, Music Of Freedom, John Daversa Big Band Featuring Daca Artists

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
“Stars And Stripes Forever,” John Daversa Big Band Featuring Daca Artists

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