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The complete list of this year’s Grammy Nominations were released and REVIVE is happy to see artists who push the boundaries of styles such as jazz, instrumental & electronic, and next wave soul/R&B represented on the list.

For those of you who are still bumping Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society album in your cars or on your iPods, prepare for great news! keep reading »

This Sunday May 22nd at 1pm, a collective of world-renowned musicians, writers, academics and activists will gather at the world-famous Nuyoricans Poets’ Cafe in the L.E.S. in opposition to the recent announcement by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), to eliminate Latin Jazz from Grammy consideration, as well as many other styles of music. In addition to Latin Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Cajun, Zydeco, Hawaiian, Polka, Traditional World, and certain Gospel, Blues, R&B, and Mexican categories, among others, have all been eliminated.

NARAS, the National Academy Of Recording Arts And Science, announced on April 6th the decision to take away the Latin Jazz category from the Grammy Awards. This is yet another example of how jazz is undervalued and disregarded in the pop dominated music industry in the United States. Latin jazz in particular has taken more than it’s share of beatings over the years, and was one last straw for some of the jazz community.

The fight has only begun it seems after NARAS cut the Latin Jazz category from the Grammys, among many others. Artists are coming out in droves to speak out against the cut in efforts to get the category reinstated. For more information, click HERE.

Two jazz related categories have been cut from the Grammys, effective next year. Best Latin Album, and Best Contemporary Jazz Album will become obsolete. Chucho Valdez, who won the Best Latin Album, and Stanley Clarke, who won the Best Contemporary Jazz this year are the last winners of both categories.

Esperanza Spalding won the “Best New Artist” award at last night’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, despite having already released 3 albums, and beating out the highest selling pop stars of the year including Justin Bieber and Drake, Florence + the Machine, and Mumford and Sons. This is a historical moment for the newjazz generation. The Grammy’s have gravitated towards the politics of emphasizing artists who have been more successful in popular music circuits in recent years. This moment is a glimmer of hope for the musician community who have been overlooked and out-shined by commercial and prepackaged pop idols. The entire Revivalist team congratulates Esperanza on her win.