Jazz bassist Christian McBride wins first Grammy
Posted on 2/14/2005at 4:23 AM
story courtesy of the Newark Star-Ledger

The jazz and instrumental categories were a mix of the expected and the surprising. Certainly unexpected was Maria Schneider Orchestra's "Concert In The Garden" as Best Large Jazz Ensemble album; this CD is sold only on the Internet.

"It's been very gratifying for me. It's a new way for fans to be closer to artists and artists to be closer to fans," Schneider told reporters after receiving her award.

A mini-upset was pianist McCoy Tyner's Jazz Instrumental Album win for "Illumination," an all-star date that features bass ace Christian McBride. Tyner topped such contenders as Jerseyans Keith Jarrrett and Bill Charlap and the probable favorite, Branford Marsalis.

One favorite who won was Herbie Hancock with "Speak Like A Child" as Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. And Nancy Wilson held off Newark native Andy Bey, among others, in the jazz vocal slot with "R.S.V.P."

Other Garden State jazz stalwarts took home statuettes. North Bergen resident Paquito D'Rivera's "Merengue" (from Yo-Yo Ma's "Obrigado Brazil -- Live In Concert") -- was named Best Instrumental composition. And East Orange's Slide Hampton copped the Instrumental Arrangement award for his "Past Present & Future," from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra's "The Way -- Music Of Slide Hampton."

courtesy of the Newark Star-Ledger

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