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ESPERANZA SPALDING WINS BEST NEW ARTIST GRAMMY AWARD

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Heads Up International/Concord Music Group Recording Artist Is First Jazz Musician To Ever Win Best New Artist Grammy

Cleveland, OH – Heads Up International/Concord Music Group is proud to announce that bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding has won the GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist. Winners were announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) at the 53 rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. All nominations were for albums released from September 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.

Spalding is the first jazz musician to ever win the Best New Artist GRAMMY Award. She was nominated along with Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, and Mumford and Sons.

Jazz pianist George Shearing dies at 91

Jazz pianist George Shearing dies at 91

George Shearing, blind from birth, played in an all-blind band before becoming Britain's leading boogie-woogie artist. In the U.S., he hit on a jazz formula that established him in the jazz world and made him one of its leading artists for half a century.

George Shearing, the elegant pianist who expanded the boundaries of jazz by adding an orchestral sensibility and a mellow aesthetic to the music, has died. He was 91.

A prolific songwriter, he once introduced "Lullaby of Birdland," written in 1952 in celebration of the fabled New York nightspot and its radio show, by saying: "I have been credited with writing 300 songs. Two-hundred-ninety-nine enjoyed a bumpy ride from relative obscurity to total oblivion. Here is the other one."

53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Esperanza Spalding

The highlight of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards was certainly seeing bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding accepting the award as Best New Artist in a category that included, Justin Bieber, Drake and Mumford & Sons.

Spalding is the very first jazz artist to win Best New Artist in Grammy history. The following is a list of the jazz related Grammy Award nominees and winners.

Diana Krall goes it alone at jazz fest concerts

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Diana Krall will perform at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 26, 27 and 28, organizers announced February 9th.

In what the festival is promoting as a world premiere, the singer and pianist will perform all three shows entirely solo. The concerts, which start at 6 p.m., will take place in the relatively intimate Theatre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts. The last time Krall appeared at the festival, in 2004, she was at the Bell Centre.

Tickets, which are priced at $77.50, $82.50 and $87.50, go on sale Saturday at noon. Call 514-842-2112 or order online at pda.qc.ca.

Source: The Montreal Gazette

JAZZ.FM91 LAUNCHES COMMERCIAL FREE SUNDAYS

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Toronto, Ontario (February 8th, 2011) – JAZZ.FM91 will introduce “Commercial Free Sundays” effective Sunday, February 13th, 2011. “We are delighted that JAZZ.FM91 is able to present an entire day of commercial free jazz programming. This is our way of thanking the loyal donors, volunteers, and partners whose generous support has allowed us to remain a vibrant and thriving not-for-profit Broadcaster and Arts Organization. The entire team at JAZZ.FM91 is extremely grateful for the year-round, dedicated and unwavering support of our donors” said Ross Porter, President and CEO.

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