The Detroit jazz scene is on fire! This past Sunday night, two Detroit-based jazz musicians took home awards at the Grammys. Terri Lyne Carrington, artistic director of Detroit’s Carr Center, won Best Jazz Instrumental Album for her “New Standards Vol. 1,” while saxophonist Wayne Shorter and pianist Leo Genovese won Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “Endangered Species,” a track from Shorter’s “Live at the Detroit Jazz Festival.”
This is huge news for the Detroit jazz scene, and a testament to the hard work and dedication of these two incredible musicians. Carrington’s “New Standards” was assembled as a tribute to female musicians and songwriters in jazz, and its win was shared with pianist Kris Davis, bassist Linda May Han Oh, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and guitarist Matthew Stevens. Carrington was also the drummer on Shorter’s “Live at the Detroit Jazz Festival,” which was also nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.
The Carr Center’s executive director, Oliver Ragsdale, Jr., shared his congratulations for Carrington and referenced an art exhibition the center held last fall in conjunction with the album’s release. He also congratulated Shorter and Genovese for their win, saying that their performance at the Detroit Jazz Festival was a “beautiful, unforgettable moment in jazz history that will forever be celebrated, admired and revered for its artistry.”
These two wins are a testament to the incredible talent in the Detroit jazz scene, and the hard work and dedication of the musicians who are pushing the boundaries of jazz. It’s an exciting time for jazz in Detroit, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.