As part of celebratory Grammy Week events, The Recording Academy will spotlight the jazz genres with the Grammy Salute To Jazz event. The event will celebrate the musical style and honorees that have made significant contributions to our culture.
The Salute to Jazz will feature live performances and a special presentation of The Recording Academy President’s Merit Award to accomplished artists in honor of their professional achievements.
This year’s Grammy Salute To Jazz honoree is Blue Note Records. The 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, February 8th, 2009.
“The Recording Academy is proud to recognize musical excellence that spans all genres of music in 110 Grammy categories that represent the diversity and significance that music plays in our lives,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “Our ‘Salute To’ series during Grammy Week pays homage and celebrates the work of extraordinary people and organizations that continue to ensure that these genres remain a vital part of our culture.”
Founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion, Blue Note Records is celebrating its 70th anniversary as a record label devoted to cultivating the diverse and dynamic genre of jazz. In its rich and singular history, the label has worked with a wide range of artists such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Joe Lovano, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, and Cassandra Wilson, spanning all forms of jazz from avant-garde and bebop to fusions with blues, folk, and funk.
In 2009, Blue Note Records will also recognize the 25th anniversary of the label re-launch under current president Bruce Lundvall, commemorating the celebration with live concerts, festival honors, merchandise and new releases including The Blue Note 7, an all-star band tribute band of jazz luminaries.
For more information on the Grammy Awards you can visit grammy.com and for further information about Blue Note Records you can visit their website, blunenote.com
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