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DL Media Artists Receive Six Nominations in 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards

DL Media Artists Earn Six Nominations for 63rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards

DL Media is proud to congratulate our artists on six nominations in five categories in the 63rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards, including: John BeasleyKurt Elling feat. Danilo PérezOrrin Evans and the Captain Black Big BandMaria Mendes and John Beasley, and Christian Sands.

“The DL Media team is excited about the tremendous music that was released in late-2019 and 2020. We extend our congratulations to our clients on their nomination achievements,” states DL Media President Don Lucoff. “We value the time honored process by the Recording Academy to highlight these wonderful artists and support great music.”

DL Media is excited for these nominations and hopes that Recording Academy members will consider these releases in the voting process for the 63rd GRAMMY® Awards. Please let us know if you need materials for any of these projects.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

John Beasley

MONK’estra Plays John Beasley 

Best Arrangement,

Instrumental or A Cappella

“Donna Lee”

(MONK’estra Plays John Beasley)

Mack Avenue Records

Release Date: August 21, 2020

“The intricate recasting of ‘Donna Lee’ contains several thrills,

but the motifs throughout are colored vividly, etched with fine yet robust lines

and graceful in their surprising twists. The large ensemble’s performance

seems flawless and the small group Beasley’s assembled for a

few tracks…is bonded in camaraderie.” — DownBeat

His previous two MONK’estra recordings are both keepers and

this third one, MONK’estra Plays John Beasley (Mack Avenue Records)

concentrates on his own Thelonious-inspired compositions…Beasley arranges spectacularly. He produces with an ear for exquisite detail.” — Goldmine Magazine


Best Jazz Vocal Album

Kurt Elling feat. Danilo Pérez

Secrets Are The Best Stories

Edition Records

Release Date: April 3, 2020 |

“Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight,

Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists…

His voice is instantly recognizable, embracing listeners with his warm,

rich baritone and navigating the full span of his four-octave range as a

virtuoso instrumentalist and a compelling storyteller.” — Glide Magazine

On Secrets Are the Best Stories, Elling, in a new musical partnership

with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez and other musicians, approaches

a new frontier for exploring the implied, the hidden, the dark, and

the edgy in songs that elucidate a bold creative métier.” — All Music

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Orrin Evans and the

Captain Black Big Band

The Intangible Between

Smoke Sessions Records

Release Date: May 1, 2020

“The fourth release by pianist Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band has an

ineffable Philly-ness to it that’s hard to describe with any precision, but you can hear it. Evans is 100% a son of his city…this album has a churning, soulful energy that’s kind of a cross between the fierce drive of McCoy Tyner’s large-ensemble records and the

lush orchestrations of early ’70s Gamble & Huff.” — Stereogum

“This is anything but your father’s big band music. This stretches the

boundaries to wonderful places. It’s a provocative mix of the traditional and

free jazz and can be a transportive listen.” — Glide Magazine


Best Arrangement,

Instruments and Vocals:

Maria Mendes & John Beasley

“Asas Fechadas”

(Close To Me feat.

Metropole Orkest & John Beasley)

Justin Time Records

Release Date: November 1, 2019

“A great affection for fado music and its poetic lyrics, an appreciation for how a jazz palette can color the form, and a love of orchestral seasonings all influence this expansive outing from Maria Mendes. It’s an effort that’s far from the norm and right where the Portuguese vocalist lives and loves to be.” — All About Jazz

“Fado is not a genre that’s well-known to the average listener, but after hearing

vocalist Maria Mendes’ jazzy version of that melancholy Portuguese music style,

one is easily transported into its depths. On Close to Me, Mendes executes an eloquent love letter to her homeland of Portugal, but instead of using fado’s traditional

stringed instrumentation, she adds a symphonic touch.”  JazzTimes

Best Instrumental Composition

Christian Sands

“Be Water II”

(Be Water)

Mack Avenue Records

Release Date: July 17, 2020

“The jazz pianist says he was trying to be freer and more flexible on ‘Be Water,’

and it shows. The set’s 10 cuts explore a wide range of moods and instrumental combinations, with Sands’ trio at the core.” — Associated Press

“In their hands, the song is about questing itself: its loneliness and excitement,

the determination it requires, the way the final destination ultimately doesn’t matter.

Music is the best place to find yourself, getting lost.” — NPR Music

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DL Media · 267-541-2784

Don Lucoff ·

Maureen McFadden ·

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