Jazz Fest participants again among Grammy winners

John Scofield won two Grammys at the 59th awarding ceremony of the prestigious discography prize, while Gregory Porter took home the award for Best Jazz Vocal Album second time in a row.

Both artists were Jazz Fest participants: the American guitarist in 2005 and 2010 with his trio and in 2013 with his Überjam band, while Gregory Porter performed for the first time in Sarajevo in 2014, presenting his previous, Grammy awarded album.

Scofield is at the moment on tour and did not attend the ceremony in Los Angeles, where he was voted best in the categories Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album for his last September release Country for Old Men.

Among musicians we heard at the Jazz Fest in past years, nominated for this year’s Grammys were Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Elling and Joshua Redman.

Winners in other categories were Snarky Puppy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album and Chucho Valdés for Best Latin Jazz Album, while two Grammys were won by Ted Nash for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Lalah Hathaway for Best R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance and Jacob Collier for two compositions in two categories for best arrangement.

You can read the complete list of winners in all 84 categories here and in the meantime watch John Scofield’s concert at the 17th Jazz Fest Sarajevo, recorded and broadcasted by MEZZO TV.