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Oasis Jazz Awards Show w/Jason Miles

Friday, March 11th at 3pm – The Edge, Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego

Looking forward to this one!!


New Artist: Esperanza Spalding

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Crazy Love,” Michael Bublé

Latin Jazz Album: “Chucho’s Steps,” Chucho Valdes and The Afro-Cuban Messengers

Contemporary Jazz Album: “The Stanley Clarke Band,” The Stanley Clarke Band

Jazz Vocal Album: “Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From >Dee Dee,” Dee Dee Bridgewater

Jazz Instrumental Album: “Moody 4B,” James Moody

Improvised Jazz Solo: “A Change is Gonna Come,” Herbie Hancock

Large Ensemble Jazz Album: “Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard,” Mingus Big Band

Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Imagine,” Herbie Hancock and Larry Klein, arrangers (Herbie Hancock, Pink, Seal, Jeff Beck, India.Arie, Konono No 1 & Oumou Sangare)

Pop Instrumental Album: “Take Your Pick,” Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto

Heads Up International, a division of 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 53rd 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. Her inclusion in this mainstream category signified her considerable appeal to a broad audience.

“Esperanza is a phenomenal artist, and we’re thrilled about her GRAMMY® win,” says Mark Wexler, Senior Vice President and Label Manager, Jazz and Classics Group. “All of us at the Concord Music Group are delighted that she’s been honored by her peers in the music industry, and we’re proud to be a part of her success.”

Concord Music Group label manager Gene Rumsey added, “Esperanza embodies everything a ‘Best New Artist’ should: inspired vision, unique creativity and undeniable talent. The Concord team is extremely pleased to be associated with such an outstanding person and artist. We look forward to what will surely be an important and lasting career in music.”

Spalding combines the imaginative flights of a serious improviser with the musical accessibility of a pop star and within two years of her solo debut has beguiled success at nearly unimaginable heights. Esperanza, her 2008 release, spent over 70 weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and was the most successful internationally selling debut that year.

Chamber Music Society, Spalding’s most recent release, is a brilliant marriage of string and jazz trio, and a showcase for her eclectic sensibilities along with her vocal and compositional talents. In January 2011, Chamber Music Society hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

Other career highlights include two televised performances at the White House, a Banana Republic ad campaign, features in Oprah Magazine and The New Yorker, numerous awards and high profile tour dates, capped by an invitation to perform at the 2009 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

For nearly 20 years, Heads Up International has been successfully carving its niche in the world of contemporary instrumental music. Heads Up artists and releases have consistently landed on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz, Traditional Jazz and World Music charts, and have garnered numerous industry awards, including Billboard’s Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year, the AFIM’s Independent Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, eight GRAMMY® Awards and numerous GRAMMY® nominations. Heads Up was also the winner of JazzWeek’s Radio Programmers Album of the Year Award for two consecutive years, and Gibson Guitar’s Best Female Jazz Guitarist. In addition to the awards and accolades, Heads Up artists have regularly captured the No. 1 slot in national radio airplay.

Esperanza 2011 Spring Tour

16-Feb-11 Blue Note Tokyo, Japan
17-Feb-11 Blue Note Tokyo, Japan
18-Feb-11 Blue Note Tokyo, Japan
19-Feb-11 Blue Note Tokyo, Japan
25-Feb-11 Portland Jazz Festival – Newmark Theater Portland, OR
26-Feb-11 Bovard Auditorium Los Angeles, CA
27-Feb-11 Campbell Hall Santa Barbara, CA
03-Mar-11 Shaftman Performance Hall Roanoke, VA
04-Mar-11 Weinberg Center Frederick, MD
05-Mar-11 Union County Arts Center Rahway, NJ
09-Mar-11 Finney Chapel – Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
11-Mar-11 Music Hall Detroit, MI
12-Mar-11 Ritz Theatre Jacksonville, FL
26-Mar-11 Capetown International Jazz Festival Cape Town, South Africa
30-Mar-11 Cully Jazz Festival Cully, Switzerland
01-Apr-11 Teatro Metropolitan Catania, Italy
02-Apr-11 Teatro Kursaal Santa Lucia Bari, Italy
05-Apr-11 Hangar 23 Rouen, France
06-Apr-11 Espace 1789 Ouen, France
08-Apr-11 Barbican Centre London, England
09-Apr-11 Palau de Congressos Girona, Spain
10-Apr-11 Auditori de Barcelona Barcelona, Spain
12-Apr-11 Jazzablanca Festival Casablanca, Morocco

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Best New Artist GRAMMY nominee Esperanza Spalding will perform on the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. The show will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 13, 2011. The GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

ESPERANZA SPALDING also to Co-Host GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Ceremony

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony will take place on Sunday, February, 13 from 1 – 4 p.m. PT at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be streamed live internationally on and beginning at 1 p.m. PT. Well-attended by nominees and industry VIPs, the star-studded ceremony with be co-hosted by current GRAMMY nominees ESPERANZA SPALDING and Bobby McFerrin, and will feature performances by nominees including Afro-Colombian hip hop trio ChocQuibTown, blues musician Buddy Guy, singer/songwriter Cyndi Lauper, American roots interpreter Maria Muldaur, contemporary blues artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, trombone and trumpet player Trombone Shorty, legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples, jazz musician Kirk Whalum, and R&B singer/songwriter Betty Wright. Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the night in 98 categories will be current nominees Laurie Anderson, Sara Bareilles, BT, Kathy Griffin, and Wayne Wallace.

SPALDING is the first jazz artist to receive a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist in 35 years. She was nominated along with Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, and Mumford and Sons. Her inclusion in this mainstream category signifies her considerable appeal to a broad audience.

In January 2011, SPALDING’s current release Chamber Music Society hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. Esperanza, her 2008 release, spent over 70 weeks on the Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and was the most successful internationally selling debut that year.

The Nominees for the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards are now published. The winners of the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards will be determined by public and industry voting. The winners will be announced March 12, 2011 at the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards show at the San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego, CA.

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The list of nominees follows:


Chris Botti

Brian Culbertson

Richard Elliot

Dave Koz

Kirk Whalum


Chris Botti

Jonathan Butler

Brian Culbertson

Dave Koz

Chris Standring


Mindi Abair

Cindy Bradley

Joyce Cooling


Esperanza Spaulding


Gerald Albright

Richard Elliot

Kenny G

Euge Groove

Dave Koz


Marc Antione

Norman Brown

Steve Oliver

Chris Standring

Peter White


Brian Bromberg

Stanley Clarke

Nathan East

Marcus Miller

Esperanza Spaulding


Greg Adams

Chris Botti

Cindy Bradley

Rick Braun

Brian Culbertson


David Benoit

Brian Culbertson

Greg Karukas

Jeff Lorber

Brian Simpson


Alex Acuna

Vinnie Colaiuta

Sheila E

Ricky Lawson

Harvey Mason


“Blue Bolero” Chris Standring

“Heart and Soul” Kenny G

“Hello Tomorrow” Dave Koz

“Soldier of Love” Sade

“XII” Brian Culbertson


“3rd Degree” Fourplay

“Bright” Peter White

“One of Those Nights” Matt Cusson

“Pixel” Jeff Lorber Fusion

“Put the Top Down” Dave Koz

“Sending My Love” Norman Brown

“Soldier of Love” Sade

“Start All Over Again” Dave Koz

“Talk of the Town” Darren Rahn

“That’s Life” Brian Culbertson



Jeff Lorber Fusion

Spyro Gyra

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman



Jonathan Butler

Spencer Day

Will Downing




“Brother Earl” Marc Antione and Paul Brown

“Imagine” Herbie Hancock and Indie Arie

“Start All Over Again” Dave Koz and Dana Glover

“That’s Life” Brian Culbertson and Earl Klugh

“Whacha Gonna Do For Me” Darren Rahn and Wayman Tisdale


Cindy Bradley

Drew Davidsen

Spencer Day

Darren Rahn

Kyle Wolverton


Paul Brown

Jeff Lorber

Jason Miles

Marcus Miller

Matt Pierson


Berks Jazz Festival

Capital Jazz Festival

Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Seabreeze Jazz Festival


Anthology-San Diego


Spaghettini-Seal Beach, CA

Vibratto Grill Jazz…Etc-Bel Air, CA

Yoshi’s-San Francisco


Chris Botti

Boney James

Dave Koz

Pat Metheny

Peter White


“Shine” Boney James

“Saxophonic” Dave Koz

“River: The Joni Letters” Herbie Hancock

“Lover’s Rock” Sade

“When I Fall In Love” Chris Botti

Wave 94.7 presents the 2011 Wave Awards (formerly the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards) at the Living Arts Centre on Friday April 29, 2011. The name has changed but the philosophy and celebrations remain the same. The Wave Awards is honoured to be presenting the George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award to guitar icon, Larry Carlton. Performing this year will be Larry Carlton, Mindi Abair, Paul Brown, Michael Dunston, Leyland Gordon, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Warren Hill, Lisa McClowry and Jim Peterik, Steve Oliver, Alexander Zonjic and more! Tickets are on sale now at the Living Arts Centre. Limited number of VIP Angels Gate Gala tickets are available at the Wave by calling 905-388-8911.

The Wave Awards 2011 Nominees for 2010 Year

International Instrumentalist of the Year

Mindi Abair
Bob Baldwin
Norman Brown
Brian Culbertson
Paul Hardcastle
Dave Koz
Steve Oliver
Chris Standring

International Vocalist of the Year

Paul Brown
Adam Crossley
Lisa McClowry
Leslie Mendelson

Female Vocalist of the Year

Chantal Chamberland
Julie Crochetiere
Ali Matthews
Hayley Sales
Nikki Yanofsky

Male Vocalist of the Year

David Blamires
Michael Dunston
Marc Jordan
Alfie Zappacosta

Instrumentalist of the Year

Don Breithaupt
Cates-Fomin Project
Rob DeBoer
Leyland Gordon
Gabriel Mark Hasselbach
Walle Larsson
Les Sabler

Best Original Composition

Don Breithaupt & Alfie Zappacosta ”You Make Me Laugh”

Chantal Chamberland & Cynthia Kerr “Telephone”

Julie Crochetiere & Russ Boswell “Tomorrow”

Feist “Try Try Try”

Andrew Scott, Rob De Boer & Tony Grace “Soul Revolution”

Album of the Year

Chantal Chamberland and Cynthia Kerr (Open Mind)
Title: Over Oceans
Producers: Open Mind, Bob Doidge, Amy King

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach
Title: Told Ya So
Producers: Gabriel Mark Hasselbach & Miles Black

Leyland Gordon Group
Title: Time Dances
Producer: Igor Vrabac

Walle Larsson
Title: After the Night
Producer: Walle Larsson

Nikki Yanofsky
Title: Nikki
Producers: Phil Ramone & Jesse Harris

Alphabetical Listing Showing Multiple Nominations

Miles Black Album of the Year – Told Ya So (with Gabriel M Hasselbach)
David Blamires Male Vocalist
Russ Boswell Best Original Composition (with Julie Crochetiere)
Don Breithaupt Instrumentalist
Best Original Composition (with Alfie Zappacosta)
Cates Fomin Project Instrumentalist
Chantal Chamberland Female Vocalist
Album of the Year – Over Oceans
Julie Crochetiere Female Vocalist
Best Original Composition (with Russ Boswell)
Rob DeBoer Instrumentalist of the Year
Best Original Composition – Soul Revolution (with Andy Scott and Tony Grace)
Bob Doidge Album of the Year – Over Oceans
Michael Dunston Male Vocalist
Elby Male Vocalist
Feist Best Original Composition -Try Try Try
Tony Grace Best Original Composition -Soul Revolution (with Andy Scott and Rob DeBoer)
Jesse Harris Best Album – Nikki (with Phil Ramone)
Gabriel Mark Hasselbach Instrumentalist
Album of the Year – Told Ya So (with Miles Black)
Marc Jordan Male Vocalist
Cynthia Kerr Album of the Year – Over Oceans
Best Original Composition
Amy King Album of the Year – Over Oceans (with Bob Doidge, Open Mind)
Walle Larsson Instrumentalist
Album of the Year – After the Night
Leyland Gordon Group
Leyland Gordon Album of the Year – Time Dances
Instrumentalist of the Year
Phil Ramone Best Album – Nikki (with Jesse Harris, Nikki Yanofsky)
Les Sabler Instrumentalist
Andrew Scott Best Original Composition – Soul Revolution (with Rob DeBoer)
Igor Vrabac Album of the Year – Time Dances
Nikki Yanofsky Female Vocalist
Album of the Year Jesse Harris, Phil Ramone
Alfie Zappacosta Male Vocalist
Best Original Composition (with Don Breithaupt)

For more information about The Wave Awards 2011 visit