Connecticut saxophonist and educator Jimmy Greene’s latest recording, “Beautiful Life,” has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category.
"When I Come Home," a reworking of Greene's song "Home" (with vocals by CT native Javier Colon), was nominated for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals.
“Beautiful Life,” released by the Mack Avenue label, celebrates the life of Greene’s daughter, Ana, who was killed in the Newtown tragedy in 2012. Pianists Kenny Barron, Cyrus Chestnut and Renee Rosnes; bassist Christian McBride; guitarist Pat Metheny; drummer Lewis Nash; vocalists Javier Colon and Latanya Farrell; and a 13-piece string ensemble from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra joined Greene on the recording sessions.
“I want to give a sense of how Ana lived,” Greene said in a press release.
Greene, a Hartford native and assistant professor of music at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, recently performed music from “Beautiful Life” at Hartford’s Infinity Hall with Jazz & Strings, a group organized by HSO percussionist Gene Bozzi.
Other nominees in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category include Joey Alexander, Terence Blanchard (featuring the E-Collective), Robert Glasper (and his trio) and John Scofield.
Also nominated for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: Shelly Berg ("Be My Muse"), Patrick Williams ("52nd & Broadway"), Otmaro Ruiz ("Garota De Ipanema") and Maria Schneider ("Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)").