KC Ties in Jazz, Opera Grammy Nominations

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Nominations for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards were announced yesterday, and four nominees have ties to Kansas City.

Pat Metheny’s What’s It All About was nominated for Best New Age Album. Metheny grew up in Lee’s Summit, Mo., a suburb in the southeast part of the Kansas City area.

Karrin Allyson

Vocalist Karrin Allyson was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album for ‘Round Midnight. Allyson was born in Great Bend, Kan., and lived in Kansas City during the 1990s.

Trombonist Bob Brookeyer was nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement for one of his compositions, Nasty Dance. The arrangement was for the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s album Forever Lasting – Live in Tokyo. Brookmeyer was born in Kansas City and attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Joyce DiDonato

In opera, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato was nominated for Best Classical Vocal Solo for Diva, Divo, her recording with Orchestre De L’Opéra National De Lyon, conducted by Kazushi Ono. DiDonato was born in KC suburb Prairie Village, Kan., and attended Wichita State University.

Wichita Nominees
Speaking of Wichita, two area nominees were nominated.

Martina McBride’s I’m Gonna Love You Through It was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance. McBride grew up in Sharon, Kan., outside of Wichita.

And it’s another Kansas-Missouri Border War as Wichita-born Gordon Goodwin was nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement for Rhapsody in Blue. This was a track for his ensemble Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, appearing on the album That’s How We Roll.

Goodwin and KC-born Brookmeyer face off in this category. We’ll find out who wins, along with nominees in 77 other categories, on Feb. 12, 2012.

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